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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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Dqvid author starts out by showcasing several award-winning poems that were confined to the character limitation of a text message. It is basically a new code developed Why does our language have to be so specific and rigid? And for the most part, David Crystal does a wonderful job at that.

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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.

David Crystal looks at the evidence. 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. 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: 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.

But well written and interesting.


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I think that anyone who enjoys linguistics and words would be interested in reading this book. David Crystal Limited preview – 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. Unless you have some strong interest in the subject and even then look for something newergive this one a pass.

Also like 8 years old so the other book about internet communication is probably something more relevant if that’s what you’re looking for. Nor is texting likely to result in any further diminishing of the standard our mother tongue. It helps you become a better reader, more sensitive to nuance, and a better writer, more sensitive to audience.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

For example, we have used abbreviations such as I. With the continued rise of social networking platforms that blur the distinction between text ghe, 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 f Given that this book was first published inand has sat unread on my shelf since then, I expected that it would be davod, and largely superseded by developments in technology.

Recommend, especially if you teach or have teenagers.

If the information in these reports cannot be supported by evidence, I don’t see how you can debate it. It deals comprehensively with many different languages, and the examples it gives are quite enlightening, sometimes entertaining.

Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal

Goodreads helps you keep ghe of books you want to read. Our technology age has done just that. Does texting spell the end of literacy? I really wanted to see a substantive cyrstal on that question, but I just don’t think this book delivered on its promise in that regard.


There’s not a “gr8” deal of “db8” here, and it’s hard to avoid the suspicion that the book’s sub-title was chosen for the opportunity it presented to use text abbreviations – indeed, the author even hints at something of the sort at one point p. He also shows how texting not only follows a similar path of development to other languages over time, but its inherencies of being quick, convenient, focused, personal, multi-tasking-friendly, empowering, and, of course fun, allow communication to be taken to new levels of creativity and function.

Crystal identifies the linguistic mechanisms and dynamics at rcystal in texting and places it in historical context. Crystal explores who texts not merely teensbut also examines the frequency of initialisms, shortenings,nonstandard spellings and other linguistic behavior commonly held to be created by text, behavior which actually has great historical depth. cryxtal

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Sep 16, Moira thf it really liked it. I do not think text talk is ruining our younger generations ability to effectively communicate, in fact, I think it is enhancing it as I mentioned previously. Penguin, is a staple in my personal and classroom libraries.

The most important things I took away from this book are: