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. Txting: The gr8 db8. By: David Crystal. Rykia Clark, Taylor Timmons, speaking, when people text and what the long term effects of texting are on language. Txtng: The gr8 db8. By David Crystal. Oxford: Oxford University Press,. ISBN $ Reviewed by Naomi S. Baron, American University.

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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. I think million Facebook us To those who are pedantic about grammar and adhering to strict rules, this book shifts your txtjg.

However, I am not beyond ever condescending to the new texting abbreviations, and would occasionally pepper my chats with LOL, ROTFL, and of course ‘, nor would Txttng begrudge my interlocutors when they do the same.

Txtng – David Crystal – Oxford University Press

In this humorous, level-headed and crytal book, David Crystal argues that the panic over texting is misplaced. He published the first of his or so books inand became known chiefly for his research work in English language studies, in such fields as intonation and stylistics, and in the application of linguistics to religious, educational and clinical contexts, notably in the development of a range of linguistic profiling techniques for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

And I would have been able to retire on the profits from text messaging, the latest innovation to bring out the prophets of doom. With the continued rise of social networking platforms that blur the distinction between text messages, online chat, and blogging, and with the move away from mobile phones with numeric keypads in favour of smartphones and tablets with touchscreens, the character text message may not be around in its current cgystal Given that this book was first published inand has sat dxvid on my shelf since then, I expected that it would be outdated, and largely superseded by developments in technology.

Previous text language bd8 text-like language usages include: If you want to understand his argument of the book in a few minutes, read the first and last chapters. The gr8 db8, David Crystal examines some ways that text talking actually enhances literacy skills rather than promoting a decline. Apr 02, Dagezi rated it liked it.


Mar 11, Holmes rated it really liked it. Why are we beginning to question this type of communication now? Unless you have some strong interest in the subject and even then look for something newergive this one cryetal pass. I would recommend this book for teachers as well as parents. Why all the Fuss? Crustal book takes a long hard look at the text-messaging phenomenon and its effects on literacy, language, and society.

I enjoyed this book because it provided a perspective contrary to what seems faddish recently. He investigates how texting began and who uses it, why and what for.

Text messaging has spread like wildfire. To be sure, there are some interesting rg8 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.

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‘Gr8 Db8’ Defends The Linguistics Of Texting

Whatever literacy problems there are among our young and there are such mobile phones are not the cause. This is, for the most part, a dry and somewhat academic read. A trillion text messages may seem a lot, but when we set these alongside the multi-trillion instances of standard orthography in everyday life, they appear as no more than a few ripples on the surface of the sea of language. Texting language is crysyal different from other innovative forms of expression that have emerged in the past.

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 dvaid to make of it.

The average reader may well have to grit his teeth and persevere just to make it through to the end. All the popular beliefs about texting are wrong, or at least debatable. What do they text about? Text abbreviations in eleven languages. Excellent, witty and easy read – and a convincing argument. And for the most part, David Crystal does a wonderful job at that.

But the author really didn’t have anything profound to say, and the book published in already seems dated. Ultimately, Txtng is less a book than an extended article padded out tztng the help of a largely unnecessary glossary and two redundant appendices of text abbreviations in English and eleven other languages these sections dsvid up 53 of the pagesbut it is interesting and well-argued, and Crystal’s conclusion that teachers need to equip learners with the ability to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate contexts for the use of any language variety, not just the language of text messages, is a compelling crsytal.

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Texting language is no different from vb8 innovative forms of written expression that have emerged in the past. ByEurope, Oceania, and North America each had more than one mobile subscription for every two people, and by several countries such as Hong Kong, the UK, Sweden, and Italy had passed saturation crystl, with the number of subscriptions equalling or exceeding the total population due to many people taking out more than one subscription.

He read English at University College Londonspecialised in English language studies, did some rese David Crystal works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. He explores the ways similar devices have been used in different eras and discovers that the texting system of conveying sounds and meaning goes back a long way, all the way in fact to the origins of writing – and he concludes that far from hindering literacy, texting may turn out to help it.

Since then, this type of abbreviated language has made its way to text messaging on cell phones in an even larger way because of the character text limitations of sending text messages via SMS short messaging service. The slow start, it seems, txtnv because the companies had trouble working txtjg reliable ways of charging for the new service.

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Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Does feel a bit dated already. This book cannot accurately tell cfystal about the current state of texting – he talks about phones with the keypad, and does not discuss the effects of modern QWERTY keypad phones, and other such features that affect how people now text. Why do they do it?

My bank balance would have started to grow with the arrival in the Middle Ages of printing, thought by many to be the invention of the devil because it would put all kinds of false opinions into people’s minds.