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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A bit academic in places, but a pretty readable “defence” of texting.

Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal

Mobile phones Language reviews. In fact, a study at Coventry University found that students who used more abbreviations when writing text messages actually scored higher on reading and vocabulary.

Highlights that were interesting to me: Do young people text as much as people think?

If the information in these reports cannot be supported by evidence, I don’t see how you can debate it. If you ever have to come across texting crystao your daily life and who doesn’t these daysand whatever your attitude to texting may be, you could benefit from reading this interesting little book.

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Selected pages Page 1. Ultimately, Txtng is less a book than an extended article padded out with the help of a tthe unnecessary glossary and two redundant appendices of text abbreviations in English and eleven other languages these sections taking up 53 of the pagesbut it is interesting and well-argued, and Crystal’s conclusion that teachers need to equip learners with the ability to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate contexts for the dv8 of any language variety, not just the language of text davi, is a compelling one.

The best part is probably the appendices with texting abbreviations in a dozen or so foreign languages. Once the abbreviations were being sent via cell phones or over the Internet, people began to question its effects.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Tue account. This book cannot accurately tell one about the current state of texting crystla 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.

Is there a panic in the media? I feel that young teachers as well as older teachers could benefit from the information contained in Txtng: Good for its date of writing or so but dated now. 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.

It does not degrade or destroy people linguistic abilities.

Nov 16, Sinead rated it liked it. This is, for the most part, a dry and somewhat academic read. I did think it was weird that the entire works cited was just web sites, though. My primary reservation about this book is the edition, which, at least in the trade paperback edition I have, is shoddily designed and reproduced.

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. Analyzing text messages helped prosecutors by disproving an alibi, which put a killer in prison. 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. With the continued rise of social networking platforms that blur the distinction between text messages, 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 form for ever.

Jul 25, Fareeha rated it really liked it. Text messaging is certainly not the first place we’ve seen such language usage. Adding ample ammunition the gr8t txt db8t, Crystal’s book offers well-supported pro-texting arguments, entertaining texting excerpts, and often not-so-entertaining lists and tables of texting usages in over 11 languages.


This book cannot accurately tell one about the current state of texting – he talks about phones with the keypad, thw does not discuss the effects of modern As ever, Crystal is interesting and insightful to read, and this book is fairly accessible, even to those outside the field.

Didn’t talk much about the impact of texting on the developing world, but one can’t have everything! Otherwise, Crystal simply points out the antecedents of text messaging. Why does our language have to be so specific and rigid?

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.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal

He finds that the texting system of conveying sounds and concepts goes back a long way–to the very origins of writing. For example, we have used abbreviations such as I.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Hardcoverpages. Ctystal those who are pedantic about grammar and adhering to strict rules, this book shifts your paradigm.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

The focus is on language, but Crystal comments on social and cultural aspects of texting In the book Txting: How weird is texting? If you want to understand his argument crhstal the book in a few minutes, read the first and last chapters.

It is a type of language whose communicative strengths and weaknesses need to be appreciated.