Txtng has ratings and 52 reviews. Tim said: This book is not written by a cranky old man, an exasperated teacher, nor a giggly 15 year old girl twitt. Txtng. The Gr8 Db8. David Crystal. The world’s best known linguist takes a hard look at txtng; He comes up with some surprising and. Txtng: The gr8 db8. By David Crystal. Oxford: Oxford University Press,. ISBN $ Reviewed by Naomi S. Baron, American University.

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I feel that young teachers as well as older teachers could benefit from the information contained in Txtng: I would recommend this book for teachers as well as parents. The fact that research shows that text talk actually follows sentence form and structure tells me cdystal these kids are practicing writing skills more frequently than ever before.

And if you’re afraid language is suffering from language abnormalities in text messages, this book might encourage you to see texting in a more positive light.

I feel that text talk actually enhances the communication process and opens more avenues for communication. His primary argument is that texting uses shorthand but does not alter the sentence structure. The basic argument is that texting is not ruining your children’s grammar The errors you see have always been present in roughly the same proportion I thought I was a little behind the times and should read this to catch up No need after all and to tell the truth I finished this extended essay skimmingly This is not to say the occasional idiot will not submit an application for a job position as one did to me entirely in txt msgs Just that it’s not the epidemic we seem to make of it.

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Highlights that were interesting to me: Many people find the abbreviated writing of text messages to be foreboding of a generation that will become unable to use English properly. While Crystal does provide a history of text messaging, xb8 out its unique qualities, and offers his analysis of who uses it and why, I wouldn’t really recommend this book to anyone who just wants to learn more about text messaging in general.


Yet the “short message service”, or Dafid, thrived during the mobile telecommunications boom and billion SMS texts had been sent worldwide by If you ever have to come across texting in your daily life and who doesn’t these daysand whatever your attitude to texting may be, you could benefit from reading this interesting little book.

To those who are pedantic about grammar and adhering to strict rules, this book shifts your paradigm. As it was published in it is surprising how much has changed when it comes to texting and phones themselves so points that were made then no longer have a purpose now.

I think million Facebook users played a small role.

Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal

Crystal, a world renowned linguist and prolific author on the uses and abuses of English, here looks at every aspect of the phenomenon of text-messaging and considers its effects on literacy, language, and society.

Crystal explores who texts not merely teensbut also examines the frequency of initialisms, shortenings,nonstandard spellings and other linguistic behavior dagid held to be created by text, behavior which actually has great historical depth. New words, phrases, structures, etc. Oxford University Press Amazon. The language is very specific and minimalist.

And for the most part, David Crystal does a wonderful job at that. Sep 18, Susan rated it liked it.

I n his study of text messaging culture, linguist David Crystal asks us to picture the investors’ meeting when the mobile phone was first unveiled. But other than that, it is a very well written book. Dec 08, tomlinton rated it it was ok. The author starts out by showcasing several award-winning poems that were confined to the character limitation of a text message.

Why does our language have to be so specific and rigid? The Gr8 Db8linguist David Crystal attempts to show that abbreviations in language is tge new, that the abbreviated language of text messages is creative word play, that texters know when to use proper English, and that our youngsters around the world are not taking our languages to hell in a hand basket by their alternate spellings in text messages.


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Media outrage has ensued. And far crgstal hindering children’s literacy, texting turns out to help it. Penguin, is a staple in my personal and classroom libraries.

This book really gives a great insight to favid language used in text messages across the world and sums up how text speak is really just another form of abbreviation – something people have been using for years when it comes to other forms of writing and communication.

Yet all the evidence suggests that belief in an impending linguistic disaster is a consequence of a mythology largely created by the media. There is a widely voiced concern that the practice is fostering a decline in literacy. It is a type of language whose communicative strengths and weaknesses need to be appreciated. The chapter on text messaging in languages other than English was nothing short of an ordeal.

It deals comprehensively with many different languages, and the examples it gives are quite enlightening, sometimes entertaining. Recommend, especially if you teach or have crystxl. If the information in these reports cannot be supported by evidence, I don’t see how you can debate teh. Words and phrases are shortened to meet the character limits of text messaging as well as to speed up the process of texting.

Young people who seem to spend much of their time texting sometimes appear unable or unwilling to write much else.

Phone home from the middle of a field or hear the voice of a loved one atop Everest! My attitude could be summed up as ambivalent to weary. I would rate, Txtng: I would have loved more about the changes in the Deaf community.