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

Does feel a bit dated already. Having spent four years working at a helpdesk, I pretty much hate telephones; many is the time I’ve cursed the name of Alexander Graham Bell over the years.

Texting is a worry only for people who don’t understand its nature. 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. Why all the fuss? Mar 11, Holmes rated it really liked it.

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.

May 11, Julia rated it really liked it. Your text buoys me above oil-rainbow puddles like a paper boat, so that even soaked to the skin I am grinning.

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. This book is the first to take an in-depth look at the linguistics of texting. If you ever have to come across texting in 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.

As ever, Crystal is interesting and insightful cryztal read, and this book is fairly d8, even to those outside the field. We’ve created a method of calling anybody, any time, anywhere, the inventors might have said. 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.


It’s a pretty boring read, to tell you the truth. My primary reservation about this book is the edition, which, at least in the trade paperback edition I have, is shoddily designed and reproduced.

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The chapter on text messaging in languages other than English was nothing short of an ordeal. Perhaps in a few more years when there are more studies done there will be a tthe book to come along from him.

And some even think it is harming language as davie whole. 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 g8 recommend this book to anyone who just wants to learn more about text messaging in general.

Our antiquated teacher didn’t seem to know enough about what the guy was talking about to pass any judgement on it one way or the other. Nothing overly bad about it, but nothing particularly impressive about it either. Apr 02, Dagezi rated it liked it.

Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal

These are fun to look at and an interesting glimpse into how other tje deal with texting. It deals comprehensively with many different languages, and the examples it gives are quite enlightening, sometimes entertaining.

Crystal offered a realistic linguistic evaluation of what is going on, acknowledging that people will adapt and use technology in ways that are fundamentally the same. It helps you become a better reader, more sensitive to nuance, and a better writer, more sensitive to audience. Now, we have students writing all day, everyday, to communicate with friends.

With little to no information on the full scope of possible variables on these studies, I can’t help but find them suspect. For one thing, a lot of these studies involved comparatively small groups. This was interesting in an anecdotal way for the first 50 pages or so. 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.

The author of this book has an interesting, and positive, view on the texting phenomenon. 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: Text messaging has spread like wildfire. Do young people text as much as people think? To those who are pedantic about grammar and adhering to strict rules, this book shifts your paradigm.


Written in so slightly out of date. I do not think that speaking over the phone and face-to-face should be eliminated, but I find texting and using text talk to be a time saving communication tool. Crystal’s answers are convincing, particularly when he quotes clever “text message poetry” as proof that relentless word-shortening and a strict character count needn’t limit linguistic craft.

It also provides an illuminating and handy glossary of main terms, as well a list of text abbreviations from eleven different languages. Also, the statistics of who and how many people text will also be out of date.

I agree with Professor David Crystal’s yr8 that there is nothing to fear from texting. Even if you are familiar with some of the terms in these different languages, you might want to cryetal skip that chapter altogether. My fr8 favorite was this one: 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.

He definitely mined the research fields pretty thoroughly. Jul 25, Fareeha rated it really liked it. The best part is probably the appendices with texting abbreviations in a dozen or so foreign languages. The primary focus of the book, however, is the common allegation that texting is destroying people’s ability to write and communicate legibly. What makes texting distinctive?

This book is not written by a cranky old man, an exasperated thhe, nor a giggly 15 year old girl twittering about her love for Twilight characters.