Buy Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. This book takes a long hard look at the text-messaging phenomenon and its effects on literacy, language, and society. Young people who seem. 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.

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The author also insists that there is no proof that texting has hurt classroom literacy rates. Long liv r nobl Qun.

Texting language is no different from other innovative forms of written expression that have emerged in the past. Why do They do it? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He has written or edited over books and published numerous articles for scholarly, professional, and general readerships, in fields ranging from forensic linguistics and Davvid to the liturgy and Shakespeare.

Others find the abbreviations used in text messaging to be a bastardization and degradation of the language. I like the way that David I had a feeling that I would be a bit bored with this book as soon as I got a few chapters in.

Young people cfystal seem to spend much of their time texting sometimes appear unable or unwilling to write much else. Crystal provides an informed, lucid overview to the what, who, how, and why of the global texting phenomenon. I like the way that David hr8 but do think he could stop plugging his other books so much Text messaging has spread like wildfire.

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Some of the points felt a little outdated as texting is constantly evolving, but definitely an interesting read. Reasonably argued texting is not destroying English, is drawing on modes of linguistic improvisation and abbreviation with long historical pedigrees, etc.

Crystal marshals impressive evidence to support his argument, and at least some of it struck me, as superfl An unexpected defense of texting from David Crystal, who has enjoyed with a long, fruitful and distinguished career in linguistics–his Shakespeare’s Words New York: Entertaining enough, did not rock my world.


The UK has text poetry competitions.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

How do other languages do it? To make matters worse, I can’t buy in to some of Crystal’s findings and conclusions. I’m glad I was, for his case is solid.

I did not give a perfect score because I feel the book could have been shorter and had the same effect.

Selected pages Page 1. The Gr8 Db8linguist David Crystal attempts dvaid show that abbreviations in language is nothing 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.

To d8 sure, there are some interesting facts for readers to glean from these pages, but my feeling is that those with an interest in linguistics may be the only readers who will truly appreciate the author’s efforts. It is a type of language whose communicative strengths and weaknesses need to be appreciated. These are fun to look at and an interesting glimpse into how other languages deal with texting.

The book also includes an interesting chapter on texting in other languages. Otherwise, Crystal simply points out the antecedents of text messaging. Why do they do it?

Jun 22, Lauren Fecht rated it really liked it. Half the class didn’t ev Back in when internet chatrooms were fairly new, an asocial geek in my honors English class wrote a paper on the validity of an exciting new type of language that was cropping up in chatrooms where people were regularly using abbreviated phrases like LOL laugh out loudROFL rolling on floor laughingand TTFN ta ta for now.

To ask other readers questions about Txtngplease sign up. Author David Crystal sets out to dispel media reports that texting promotes the butchering of the English language and is producing teens and young adults who cannot string a coherent sentence together without the use of “textisms.

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I adored his writing style even though it has the feeling of a graduate thesis. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Crystal points out that 1 similar phenomena have existed throughout English history, 2 many of the reports of linguistic corruption because of texting are overblown or patently untrue.


As ever, Crystal is interesting and insightful to read, and this book is fairly accessible, even to those outside the field.

Text abbreviations in eleven languages. It is, she explains, chiefly for the benefit of Microsoft Word and Outlook Express users: It also provides an illuminating and handy glossary of main terms, as well a list of text abbreviations from eleven different languages. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

How weird is texting? This book is the first to take an in-depth look at the linguistics of texting. Imho in my humble opinionreaders seeking a light look at texting may say iooh I’m out of here when this book starts getting too technical, but language lovers will likely devour every word of this book.

This book is not written by a cranky old man, an exasperated teacher, nor a giggly 15 year old girl twittering about her love for Twilight characters. However, there was some lively conversation on how text speak has become a new popular way of communicating and a humorous outlook at the moral panics over texting and its ‘disastrous’ impact on education.

Unless you have some strong interest in the subject and even then look for something newergive this one a pass. For example, we have used abbreviations such as I. David Crystal looks at the evidence. He explains how texting began, how it works, who uses it, and how much it is used, and he shows how to interpret the mixture of pictograms, logograms, abbreviations, symbols, and wordplay typically used in texting. Once the abbreviations were being sent via cell phones or over the Internet, people began to question its effects.

The book also includes an interesting chapter on texting in othe The author of this book has an interesting, and positive, view on the texting phenomenon. Sep 18, Amy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: