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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Unlike chat, a sender cannot assume a recipient will reply. If you want to understand his argument of the book in a few minutes, read the first and last chapters.

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

China became the country with most subscriptions, passing million in mid — The basic argument is that texting is not ruining your children’s grammar The errors you see have always been present in roughly the same proportion I thought I was a little behind the times and should read this to catch up No need after all and to tell the truth I finished this extended essay skimmingly This is not to say the occasional idiot will not submit an application for a job position as one did to me entirely in txt msgs Just that it’s not ddb8 epidemic we seem br8 make of it.

Besides, he suggests, Britain’s moral panic brigade should be yr8 that trends here haven’t dbb8 as they have in Japan, where teenagers enjoy a ritual called keitai dating, sitting around a table in near-silence to flirt by SMS.

The author starts out by showcasing several award-winning poems that were confined to the character limitation of a text message. 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. The book is an excellent reality check and a dh8 insight into an innovative communication medium. Crystal marshals impressive evidence vr8 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: Why all the Fuss?

The end is nigh!

Crystal makes some great points throughout the book and I have to agree with him. December 2, Also, the statistics of who and how many people text will also be out of date.


A pretty great summary and observational guide to The Texting Phenomenon. But the author really didn’t have anything profound to say, and the book published in already seems dated. Sep 18, Susan rated it db88 it. Pretty much just a bunch of observations. The Gr8 Db8 is entertaining and instructive–reassuring for worried parents and teachers, illuminating for teenagers, and fascinating for everyone interested in what’s currently happening to language and communication.

With little to no information on the full scope of possible variables on these studies, I can’t help dbb8 find them suspect. This book cannot accurately tell one about the current state of texting – he talks about phones with the keypad, and db88 not discuss the effects of modern As ever, Crystal is vr8 and insightful to read, and this book is fairly accessible, even to those outside the field.

Jun 25, Moira Clunie rated it liked it Shelves: The accumulated estimates indicated that over 3 billion people, half the world’s population, would have a mobile phone subscription by I feel that young teachers as well as older teachers could benefit from the information contained in Txtng: The best part is probably the appendices with texting abbreviations in a dozen or so foreign languages.

Book Review: Txtng, The Gr8 Db8

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. Powered by Movable Type. And I wasn’t going to admit to spending time in chat rooms. It is basically a new code developed by our younger generations to communicate. Jul 25, Fareeha rated it really liked it. Jul 12, Dovie rated tr8 really liked it. He read English at University College Londonspecialised in English language studies, did some research there at the Survey of English Usage under Randolph Quirkthen joined academic life as a lecturer in linguistics, first at Bangor, then at Reading.

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. Dec 01, Niki rated it liked it.

Dec 05, Gary rated d8b really liked it Shelves: I feel that text talk actually enhances the communication process and opens more avenues for communication.

How do Other Languages do it? The Gr8 Db8 is entertaining tr8 instructive–reassuring for worried parents and teachers, illuminating for teenagers, and fascinating for everyone interested in what’s currently happening to language and communication. On the other hand, Crystal notes that there is little evidence that texters confuse texting with formal writing.


Yes, school reading, fight me. May 11, Julia rated it really liked it. 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.

It’s texting that happens in inappropriate settings that really gets to me. For example, we have used abbreviations such as I. Does feel a bit dated already. One the main motivations for texting is boredom as well as conveying information. Entertaining enough, did not rock my world. Ultimately, Txtng is less a book than an extended article padded out with the help of a largely unnecessary glossary and two redundant appendices of text abbreviations eb8 English and eleven other languages these sections taking up 53 of the pagesbut it is interesting and well-argued, rg8 Crystal’s conclusion that teachers need to equip learners with the ability to distinguish between appropriate and tr8 contexts for the use of any language variety, not just the language of text messages, is a compelling one.

Hr8 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 dh8 really been able to play around with that technology. His family moved to Liverpool inand he received his secondary schooling at St Mary’s College.

Txtng – David Crystal – Oxford University Press

He has written or edited over books and published numerous articles for scholarly, professional, and general readerships, in fields ranging from forensic linguistics and ELT to the liturgy and Shakespeare. Behavior In terms of behavior, the book provides a good summary of what we know.

I remember going through summers when I was younger without ever picking up a pen or pencil. He definitely mined the research fields pretty thoroughly. Believe it or not, the non-English abbreviations. Apr 02, Dagezi rated it liked it.