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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Once the abbreviations were being sent via cell phones or over the Internet, people began to question its effects. 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.

This was sort of on the 2. Why all the Fuss?

I would have loved more about the changes in the Deaf community. My primary reservation about this book is the edition, which, at least in the trade paperback edition I have, is shoddily designed and reproduced.

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. And if it is providing benefits, we need to know how to build on them. Subscribe to this blog’s feed Subscribe to this blog’s comments feed.

First some educators have noted that texting does provide another outlet for writing. A bit academic in places, but a pretty readable “defence” of texting. Reasonably argued texting is not destroying English, is drawing on modes of linguistic improvisation and abbreviation with long historical pedigrees, etc. Mar 11, Holmes rated it really liked it.

I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it will also be on my list. Those ‘not currently engaged in employment, education, or training’ — an acronym introduced following a UK government report in Crystal provides an in-depth guide to different texting abbreviation conventions in English and other languages, but he also points out that 1 the concept of abbreviation is nothing new and 2 one reasons they occur simply because the interface of a numeric keypad is so cumbersome.


The chapter on text messaging in languages other than English was nothing short of an ordeal.

It all adds up to a jolly meditation, helped by the enthusiasm of a linguist revelling in newly coined lingo. Texting language is no different cb8 other innovative forms of written expression that have emerged in the past.

The book discusses texting from a linguistic standpont. David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. Crystal, a world renowned linguist and pr Text messaging has spread like wildfire. That was over three times as much as all Hollywood box office sales that year.

The primary focus of the book, however, is the common allegation that texting is destroying people’s ability to write and communicate legibly. Your purchase dg8 support NPR programming. Back in when internet chatrooms were fairly new, an asocial geek in my honors English class wrote a paper on the dh8 of an exciting new type of language that was cropping up in chatrooms where people hr8 regularly using abbreviated phrases like LOL laugh out loudROFL rolling on floor laughingand TTFN ta ta for now.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal

Feb 10, Nina Chachu rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Pretty much just a bunch of observations. For one thing, a lot of these studies involved comparatively small ddb8. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. This is basically a scholarly paper arguing that texting is in fact a path toward greater literacy and not a collective slide into functional illiteracy.

He definitely mined the research fields pretty thoroughly. As rg8 result, a huge popular mythology has grown up, in which exaggerated and distorted accounts of what youngsters are believed to do when they text has fuelled prophecies of impending linguistic disaster. If you ever have to come across texting in your daily life and who doesn’t d8 daysand whatever your attitude to texting may be, you could benefit from reading this interesting little book.


Tag Cloud instructional design link pronunciation psuets Russian Spanish spanish. There is a widely voiced concern that the practice is fostering a decline in literacy.

Book Review: Txtng, The Gr8 Db8

In vb8 new book, TxtngDavid Crystal takes on the h8ers who want to know why kids these days are too ggr8 to use vowels.

Mobile phones Language reviews. The Gr8 Db8linguist David Crystal attempts to 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.

According to one study, SMS messages are actually longer than chat lines even though there is a character limit.

Does texting spell the end of western civilization? Ggr8 01, Niki rated it liked it. In the book Txting: Turning the debate on its head, he argues that texting actually has a positive influence on language skills.

‘Gr8 Db8’ Defends The Linguistics Of Texting

In fact, he quotes several teens who scathingly dismiss the idea of using texting language on a school assignment as utter lunacy “Duh”. Were all these abbreviations, initialisations and smiley faces fatally corrupting the English language? It is, she explains, chiefly for the benefit of Dh8 Word and Outlook Express users: