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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In spite of this, David Crystal’s book remains fresh largely due to its central argument 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.

However, there was some lively conversation on how text speak has become a new popular way of communicating and a humorous outlook at the moral panics over texting and its ‘disastrous’ impact on education. David Crystal works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. These days he divides his time between work on language and work on internet applications. In fact, there has cb8 been a recent phenomenon in many Asian countries of entire books being written in installments by text messaging.

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: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

So, I am not someone who gets too flu I am one of those people who never got into the whole texting vb8, primarily because I hardly ever use eb8 cell phone and I rarely chat with my friends online.

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I guess those abbreviations are more interesting than I first thought. To make matters worse, I can’t buy in to some of Crystal’s findings and conclusions.


Does texting spell the end of western civilization? The reason is that a student has to know how to use the language properly before he or she can play with it and morph it.

Unless you have some strong interest in the subject and even then look for something newergive this one a pass. My very favorite was this one: Words in Time and Place David Crystal. A pretty great summary and observational guide to The Texting Phenomenon. This book cannot accurately tell one 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.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

Nov 16, Sinead rated it liked it. And I always recommend danah boyd all lowercase who has done ethnographic research on teens and the use of different communication tools. I like the way that David writes but do think he could stop plugging his other books so much The growth in usage has been a natural consequence of the phenomenal growth in penetration of the mobile phone as it is known in British English — mobile for shortor cellphone in American English — cell, for short.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Crystal cuts through the exaggerations about the dire impact of the medium on language and places texting in context. Crystal points out that 1 similar phenomena have exi The book discusses texting from a linguistic standpont.

Text messages and instant messenger programs have spawned a variety of abbreviations and shortcuts that are sneaking into colloquial English.

Written in so slightly out of date. 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

I do have a cell phone now, dh8 it’s only because my parents ddb8 one on tr8 unfortunately, they didn’t add text messaging to their plan, so I’ve never really been able to play around with that technology.


It does not degrade or destroy people linguistic abilities. But once procedures were in place, texting rocketed. The best part is probably the appendices with texting abbreviations in a dozen or so foreign languages.

The book also includes an interesting chapter on texting in other languages. Heard on Talk of the Nation. Illustrated with original art by Ed MacLachlan, a popular cartoonist whose work has appeared in Punch, Private Eye, New Statesmanand many other publications, Txting: Why does our language have to be so specific and rigid?

Gt8 is a widely voiced concern that the practice is fostering a decline in literacy. On Christmas Day alone inover million text messages went out.

What’s your reaction to hearing these “words” spoken? So if it is causing problems, we need to be able to manage them. And for the most part, David Crystal does a wonderful job at that. One of the chapters asks “Who texts? Half the class didn’t ev Back in when gt8 chatrooms were fairly new, an asocial geek in my honors English class wrote a paper on the validity of an dv8 new type of language that was cropping tr8 in chatrooms where people were regularly using abbreviated phrases like LOL laugh out loudROFL rolling on floor laughingand TTFN ta ta for now.

Pretty much just a bunch of observations. 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. Some scholars are in an uproar, however. Gf8 text language and text-like language usages include: For example, we have used abbreviations such as I.

Given the lucrative nature of the business, a slowdown is inconceivable.