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. Txting: The gr8 db8. By: David Crystal. Rykia Clark, Taylor Timmons, speaking, when people text and what the long term effects of texting are on language. Txtng: The gr8 db8. By David Crystal. Oxford: Oxford University Press,. ISBN $ Reviewed by Naomi S. Baron, American University.

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Some students have a hard time communicating face to face so texting allows for a less-stressful situation for these types of students.

Africa was the fastest growing area inmoving from 6 per cent to 21 per cent use within the population in txtmg four years sinceand passing million subscriptions mid-ear. It is written by a linguistics professor, which is what makes it so fascinating. Texting language is no different from other innovative forms of written expression that have emerged in the past.

The technical properties of SMS define its communicative possibilities. While Crystal does provide a history of text messaging, lays out its unique qualities, and offers his analysis of who uses it and why, I wouldn’t really recommend this book to anyone who just wants to learn more about text messaging in general.

This was one that really interested me as text speak is something that really grates, but is also something I used a lot in my teens! Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. In the book Txting: Penguin, is a staple in my personal and classroom libraries.

This book takes a long hard look at the text-messaging phenomenon and its effects on literacy, language, and society. 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 in English and eleven other languages these sections taking up 53 of the pagesbut it is interesting ctystal well-argued, and Crystal’s conclusion that teachers need to equip learners cryetal the ability to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate contexts for the use of any language variety, not just the language of text messages, is a compelling one.


Don’t let that “the gr8 db8” subtitle fool you – there’s very little in the wa To tell you the truth, the only part of this book I found truly useful is an appendix listing a significant number of English text abbreviations. I enjoyed this book because it provided a perspective contrary to what seems faddish recently.

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Some of the points felt a little outdated as texting is constantly evolving, but definitely an interesting read. Selected pages Page 1. Dec 08, tomlinton crystsl it it was ok. As it was published in it is surprising how much has changed when it comes to texting and phones themselves so points that were made then no longer have a purpose now. The growth in usage has been a natural consequence dwvid 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.

And some even think it is harming language as a whole.

‘Gr8 Db8’ Defends The Linguistics Of Texting

ccrystal So if it is causing problems, we need to be able to manage them. As long as people are producing language, it can only be good for linguistic development. I sit by him in kemistry, I sit by him in chemistry, it splits my oms it splits my atoms wen he: The UK has text poetry competitions.

Jun crystl, Casey rated it it was ok. Although rates of diffusion vary greatly around the world, the common pattern is one of extraordinarily rapid growth. The Gr8 Db8linguist Cryatal Crystal attempts to show that crhstal 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.

Imho in my humble opinionreaders seeking a light look at texting may say iooh I’m out of here when this book starts getting too technical, but language lovers will likely devour every word of this book.


The book is filled with nice and illuminating examples, the parallels to previous changes in our use of language were appropriate and thought provoking. Crystzl like 8 years old so the other book about internet communication is probably something more relevant if that’s what you’re looking for. It defends the notions that languages evolve, dictionaries are more descriptive than prescriptive, and style guides demonstrate dbb8 the written word has no single template.

Jul 12, Dovie rated it really liked it. Is there a panic in the media? This is clearly not a poem written by tctng who doesn’t know how to use the language properly. Reasonably argued texting is not destroying English, is drawing on modes of linguistic improvisation and abbreviation with long historical pedigrees, etc. Crystal makes some great points throughout the book and I have to agree with him. Apr 02, Dagezi rated it liked it.

I did not dh8 a perfect score because I feel the book could have been shorter and had the same txtnh. The fact that research shows that text talk actually follows sentence form and structure tells me that these kids are practicing writing skills more frequently than ever before. 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. Young people who seem to spend much of their time texting sometimes appear unable or unwilling to write much else.

For example, we have used abbreviations such as I. It is basically a new code developed by our younger generations to communicate. Why do They do it? He also shows how texting not only follows a fxtng path of development to other languages over time, but its inherencies of being quick, convenient, focused, personal, multi-tasking-friendly, empowering, and, of course fun, allow communication to be taken to new levels of creativity and function.