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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In fact, a study at Coventry University found that students who used more abbreviations when writing text messages actually scored higher on reading and vocabulary. Does texting spell the end of western civilization? I enjoyed this book because it provided a perspective contrary to what seems faddish recently.

World figures went from 17 billion in to billion in I have heard plenty of people say texting is destroying literacy and this book would seem to argue somewhat successfully that such is not the case. He has written or edited over books and published numerous articles for scholarly, professional, and general readerships, in fields tctng from forensic linguistics and ELT to the liturgy and Shakespeare.

Txtng – David Crystal – Oxford University Press

I would have loved more about the changes in the Deaf community. 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. New words, phrases, structures, etc. The basic argument is that texting is not ruining your davidd grammar The errors you see have always been present in roughly the same proportion I thought I was a little behind the times daviid 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.

Written in so slightly out of date.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 – David Crystal – Google Books

Penguin, is a staple in my personal and classroom libraries. Crystal cuts through the exaggerations about the dire impact of the medium on language and places texting in context. The author starts out by showcasing several award-winning poems that were confined to the character limitation of a text message. If more complex symbols are to be represented as in Chinese or Japanese writing tctng, then a bit Unicode encoding has to be used, and that reduces the size of the message to 70 characters.


The Hype About Texting 2. Reasonably argued texting is not destroying Davod, is drawing on modes of linguistic improvisation and abbreviation with long historical pedigrees, etc.

I agree with Professor David Crystal’s argument that there is nothing to fear from texting. Texts communicated by pagers were replaced by text messages, at first only twenty characters in length. Now, we have students writing all day, everyday, to communicate with friends.

And they must be stopped. Given that this book was first published inand has sat unread on db shelf since then, I expected that it would be outdated, and largely superseded by developments in technology.

The txtny parts of the book are where he debunks some of the myths around texting, especially the idea that somehow these acronyms or abbreviations are new – some date back decades, some centuries, some millenia! The UK has text poetry competitions. The book discusses texting from a linguistic standpont. This book takes a long hard look at the text-messaging phenomenon and its effects on literacy, language, and society.

The author of this book has an interesting, and positive, view on the texting phenomenon. Nor is texting likely to result in any further drystal of the standard our mother tongue.

Why do they do it? And although the first experimental messages were sent in Finland init took five years or more before numbers of users started to build up. And if it is providing benefits, we need to know xrystal to build on them.

The language is very specific and minimalist. Is there a panic in the media?

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

I would recommend this book for teachers as well as parents. Half the class didn’t even own a computer. This book really gives a great insight to the language used in text messages across the world and sums up how text cryshal is really just another form of abbreviation – something people have been using for years when it comes to other forms of writing and communication.


What do They Text About? Good for its date of writing or so but dated now. Setting that aside, this book tztng a wealth of information regarding this instant communication that has pervaded into our culture – at all age levels. The fact that research shows that text talk actually br8 sentence form and structure tells me that these kids are practicing writing skills more frequently than ever before.

The book does a great job in convincing me that there is really nothing either deviant or inappropriate about how texting came to be. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. The author also insists that there is no proof that texting has hurt classroom literacy rates. To see grr8 your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

‘Gr8 Db8’ Defends The Linguistics Of Texting

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.

Indeed texting is so widespread that many parents, teachers, and media pundits have been outspoken in their criticism of it. 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 crysyal, the character text message may not be around drystal its current f Given that this book was first published inand has sat unread on my shelf since then, I expected that it would be outdated, and largely superseded by developments in technology.

However, a lot can be learned about the origin and early years of texting, and should still be of interest to those who wish to look into it in more detail, who want to know more about texting as a phenomenon, and who enjoy Crystal’s work. I adored his writing style even though it has the feeling of a graduate thesis. Feb 07, Joel Arnold rated it really liked it. I’m glad I was, for his case is solid.