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. Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal. A linguist finds text messaging nothing to fear, discovers Tom Lamont. Tom Lamont. Sat 10 Oct 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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It would have increased with the arrival of the telegraph, telephone, and broadcasting, each of which generated short-lived fears that the fabric of society was under threat. So, I am not someone who gets too flustered with texting as such. I do have a cell phone now, but it’s only because my parents foisted one on me; unfortunately, they didn’t add text messaging to their plan, so I’ve never really been able to play around with that technology.

One of the chapters asks “Who texts? Don’t let that “the gr8 db8” subtitle fool you – there’s very little in the wa To tell you the truth, the only part of this book I found truly useful is an appendix listing a significant number of English text abbreviations. The Gr8 Db8David Crystal takes on the h8ers who want to know why kids these days are too lazy to use vowels. One that is neither prophesizing doom or saying that texting will change the fabric of the universe.

According to one study, SMS messages are actually longer than chat lines even though there is a character limit. The accumulated estimates indicated that over 3 billion people, half the world’s population, would have a mobile phone subscription by The English language as we once knew it is out the window, and replacing it is this hip and cool slang-induced language, obsessed with taking the vowels out of words and spelling fonetikally.

Although most messages seem off the cuff, the reality is that the sender does have to consider length and how it will be read by the recipient. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Refresh and try again.


Sometimes popular culture gets it right. The main issue with the book is that it is out of date – of course, this is no reflection on Crystal but a reflection on the speed of the development of the technology, which he refers to within the book many times. The fact that research shows that text talk actually follows sentence form and structure tells me that these kids are practicing writing skills more frequently than ever before.

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In terms of behavior, the dv8 provides a good summary of what we know. 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. That is my flag nailed to the mast. Jul 12, Dovie rated it really liked it.

Has there ever been a linguistic phenomenon which has aroused such curiosity, suspicion, fear, vb8, antagonism, fascination, excitement, and enthusiasm, all at once? Long liv r nobl Qun. 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 controversial conclusions Traces txtng system back to the origins of writing Fascinating, entertaining, instructive Illustrated with original cartoons by McLachlan.

‘Gr8 Db8’ Defends The Linguistics Of Texting

Adding ample ammunition the gr8t txt db8t, Crystal’s book offers well-supported pro-texting arguments, entertaining texting excerpts, and often not-so-entertaining lists and tables of texting usages in over 11 languages. It is even possible to send longer messages, using a system called ‘concatenated SMS’, which breaks a long fr8 down into smaller chunks, sending them in sequence, though not all wireless devices support it. Might people forget how to communicate without a keypad?

I enjoyed this book because it provided a perspective contrary to what seems faddish recently. I’ve gained a huge respect for David Crystal over the past few years and so was open to his arguments on this subject despite being sceptical.

In spite of this, David Crystal’s book remains fresh largely due to its central dg8 that much of what appears distinctive about the linguistic forms used in text messages is not an aberrant novelty, but part of a long-established phenomenon of linguistic innovation and language play. This book is the first to take an in-depth look at the linguistics of texting. But once procedures were in place, texting rocketed.


Even if the data were rock solid and reflected the analysis of much larger study groups, I question some of the author’s conclusions, especially since he seemingly made up his mind early on that text messaging’s positives outweigh its g8. About Me I am a former linguistics Ph.

There is now a widespread folk belief that, whatever texting is, it must be a bad thing. Texting is a worry only for people who don’t unde This book is the first to take an fb8 look at the linguistics of texting.

Db88 is basically a new code developed Why does our language have to be so specific and rigid?

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal

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.

Entertaining enough, did not rock my world. Crystal says the concern over texting dh8 has been greatly exaggerated; he says that on average, less than 10 percent of words in text messages are abbreviated. A Linguist in the Wild. Indeed texting is so widespread that many parents, teachers, and media pundits have been outspoken in their criticism of it.

This book really gives a great insight to the 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 I’m a total geek when it comes to English Language and I’m slowly working my way through David Crystal’s books.

Reasonably argued texting is not destroying English, is drawing hr8 modes of linguistic improvisation and abbreviation with long historical pedigrees, etc. We seem to have a problem.