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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Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal

Dec 08, tomlinton rated it it was ok. How weird is texting? Teenage texters are not ruining the English language nor are they turning into illiterate vandals with thumb problems. I also believe that any form of tuition which helps develop your awareness of the different properties, styles, and effects of writing is good for you. So I decided to pick up this book and learn more about texting from a professional linguist, someone who has invested a great deal of time to study texting habits and put it in a perspective of language use and development in general.

I like the way that David writes but do think he could stop plugging his other books so much Texting language is no different from other innovative forms of expression that have emerged in the past. Excellent, witty and easy read – and a convincing argument. 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.

Yet all the evidence suggests that belief in an impending linguistic disaster is a consequence of a mythology largely created by the media. 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 communication.

Good for its date of writing or so but dated now. 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. I’m not sure what the “the gr8 db8” is. 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.


I would have loved more about the changes in the Deaf community. 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. If you want to understand his argument of the book in a few minutes, read the first and last chapters. Contents How weird is texting? Texting is a worry only for people who don’t unde This book is the first to take an in-depth look at the linguistics of texting.

He also addresses, and dispels common myths about how texting is destroying the English language. Many people find the abbreviated writing of text messages to be foreboding of a generation that will become unable to use English properly. Texting language is no different from other innovative forms of written expression that have emerged in the past.

While I am not a teen and do not text with a lot of teens, I found I had never seen most of the abbreviated forms used in the examples in a text message. 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. He shows how to interpret its mix of pictograms, logograms, abbreviations, symbols, and wordplay, and how it works in different languages.

Indeed texting cryshal so widespread that many parents, teachers, and media pundits have been outspoken in their criticism of it. Join the club and start texting! 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.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

As ever, Crystal is interesting and insightful to read, and this book is fairly accessible, even to those outside the field. 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.

Back in when internet chatrooms were fairly new, an asocial geek in my honors English class wrote a paper on the validity of an exciting new type of language that was cropping up in chatrooms where people were regularly using abbreviated phrases like LOL laugh out loudROFL rolling on floor laughingand TTFN ta ta for now.

The average reader may well have to grit his teeth and persevere just to make it through to the end. And I wasn’t going to admit to spending time in chat rooms. The primary focus of the book, however, is the common allegation that texting is destroying people’s ability to write and communicate legibly.


Crystsl I was also convinced that people who txt are not ruining the English language nor are they hurting their own writing cryystal.

Topics Science and nature books The Observer. However, I am not beyond ever condescending to the new texting abbreviations, and would occasionally pepper my chats with LOL, ROTFL, and of course ‘, nor would I begrudge my interlocutors when they do the same. Feb 07, Joel Arnold rated it really liked it. Converting regular language into an alternate language requires creativity, good visual memory, and good motor skills. Might people forget how to communicate without a keypad? Mar 11, Holmes rated it really liked it.

What makes texting distinctive? A pretty great summary and observational guide to The Texting Phenomenon. I’m a total geek when it comes to English Language and I’m slowly working my way through David Crystal’s books. It is basically a new code developed Why does our language have to be so specific and rigid? Nov 16, Sinead rated it liked it. I really wanted to see a substantive debate on that question, but I just don’t think this book delivered on its promise in that regard.

In fact, there has even been a recent phenomenon in many Asian countries of entire books being written in installments by text messaging. I n his study of text messaging culture, linguist David Crystal asks us to picture the investors’ meeting when the mobile phone was first unveiled. It is ugly, clunky and retrogressive. Besides, he suggests, Britain’s moral panic brigade should be thankful that trends here haven’t developed as they have in Japan, where teenagers enjoy a ritual called keitai dating, sitting around a table in near-silence to flirt by SMS.

In the book Txting: Why does our language have to be so specific and rigid? The UK has text poetry competitions. It defends the notions that languages evolve, dictionaries are more descriptive than prescriptive, and style guides demonstrate that the written word has no single template.

I think million Facebook us To those who are pedantic about grammar and adhering to strict rules, this book shifts your paradigm.