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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Crystal identifies the linguistic mechanisms and dynamics at work in texting and places it in ceystal context. To ask other readers questions about Txtngplease sign up. 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.

This was one that really interested me as text speak crystsl something that really grates, but is also something I used a lot in my teens!

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There is a widely voiced concern that the practice is fostering a decline in literacy. He also put a great deal of effort into researching the global texting phenomenon and even compiled textims from 11 other languages.

Even when I do, I try to write in full sentences and be as daivd in my prose as possible.

Mobile phones Language reviews. 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.

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.


I think million Facebook users played a small role. 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. Crystal makes some great points throughout the book and I have to agree with him. It is, she explains, chiefly for the benefit of Microsoft Word and Outlook Express users: Texting language is no different from other innovative forms of expression that have emerged in the past.

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Apr 20, Grace rated it liked it Shelves: Working on davic university campus, though, I’m certainly aware that the text messages are flying all around me all day long, and I want and need to learn more about the subject. Perhaps in a few more years when there are more studies done there will be a better book to come along from him. The chapter on text messaging in languages other than English was nothing short of an ordeal.

Back in when internet chatrooms were fairly new, an asocial geek in my honors English class wrote a paper on the validity of an gd8 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. Words and phrases are rb8 to meet the character limits of text messaging as well as to speed up the process of texting.

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. So, I am not someone who gets too flustered with texting as such. Such rapid and widespread adoption, inevitably, pinged panic radars, especially given tge phenomenon’s popularity with teenagers.


Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

Dec 08, tomlinton rated it it was ok. The book also includes an interesting chapter on texting in other languages. The best part is probably the appendices with dv8 abbreviations in a dozen or so foreign languages. I think million Facebook us To those who are pedantic about grammar and adhering to strict rules, this book shifts your paradigm. New words, phrases, structures, etc. And some even think it is harming language as a whole.

But well written and crysta. Does feel a bit dated already. Oddly, Crystal apologises for being unable to gather much of his own statistical data; it is hard, he says, to get participants to hand over such private information.

Highlights that were interesting to me: Contents How weird is texting? My very favorite was this one: But the author really didn’t have anything profound to say, and the book published in already seems dated.

Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal

It is basically a new code developed Why does our language have to be so specific and rigid? Once the abbreviations were being sent via cell phones or over the Internet, people began to question its effects.

However, the book does not deal at all with the use of texting in online discussion forums, my own personal pet peeve. On the whole an interesting look at the linguistic side of texting, but not Crystal’s best book that I’ve read. Students often find it helpful for notetaking but know not to use it for essays or assignments.