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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The book itself is fine. He finds that the texting system of conveying sounds and concepts goes back a long way–to the very origins xrystal writing.
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The author of this book has an interesting, and positive, view on the texting phenomenon. It all adds up to a jolly meditation, helped by the enthusiasm of a linguist revelling davi newly coined lingo.
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Author David Crystal sets out to dispel media reports that texting promotes the butchering of the English language and is producing teens and young adults who cannot string a coherent sentence together without the use of “textisms. He has written or edited over books and published numerous articles for scholarly, professional, and general readerships, crytsal fields ranging from forensic linguistics and ELT to the liturgy and Shakespeare.
But this is still a fun trot through little-mapped territory. Young people who seem to spend much of their time texting sometimes appear unable or unwilling to write much else.
It is written by a linguistics professor, which is what makes it so fascinating.
Sep 04, Steven rated it daivd liked it. On the whole an interesting look at the linguistic side of texting, but not Crystal’s best book that I’ve read.
In fact, a study at Coventry University found that students who used more abbreviations when writing text messages actually scored higher on teh and vocabulary. This book really gives a great insight to the language used in text messages across the world and sums up how text speak is really just another form of abbreviation – something people have been using for dh8 when it comes to other forms of writing and I’m a total geek when it comes to English Language and I’m slowly working my way through David Crystal’s books.
Apr 20, Grace rated it liked it Shelves: Also, texting is more efficient than calling in some situations. Written in so slightly out of date. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal. While I critique both purchased and free books in the same way, I’m legally obligated to tell you I received this book free through the Amazon Vine program in return for my review. Now, we have students writing all day, everyday, to communicate with friends. Media outrage has ensued. The author gives many examples of how language is dh8 full of abbreviations and plays on words. My library Help Advanced Ghe Search. Selected pages Page 1. Pretty much just a bunch of observations.
And I was also convinced that people who txt are not ruining the English language nor are they hurting their own writing skills. Once the abbreviations were being sent via cell phones or over the Internet, people began to question its effects.
Txtng: The Gr8 Db8
If you want to understand his argument of the book in a few minutes, read the first and last chapters. 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. Why does our language have to be so specific and rigid? 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 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 use of any language variety, not just the language of text messages, is a compelling one.
He explains how texting began, how it works, who uses it, and how much it is used, and he shows how to interpret the mixture of pictograms, logograms, abbreviations, symbols, and wordplay typically used in texting. Feb 10, Nina Chachu rated it really liked it. How do other languages do 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. Crystal marshals impressive evidence to 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: