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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I’ve gained a huge respect for David Crystal over the past few years and so was open to his arguments on this subject despite being sceptical. I really wanted to see a substantive debate on that question, but I just don’t think this book delivered on its promise in that regard. Hardcoverpages. In the book Txting: Preview — Txtng by David Crystal.

The author gives many examples of how language is already full of abbreviations and plays on words. Analyzing text messages helped prosecutors by disproving an alibi, which put a killer in prison. Were all these abbreviations, initialisations and smiley faces fatally corrupting the English language? Don’t let that “the gr8 db8” subtitle fool you – there’s very little in the way of debate in these pages Crystal declares text messaging to be a good thing at the end of Chapter 1.

Feb 07, Joel Arnold rated it really liked it. With little to no information on the full scope of possible variables on these studies, I can’t help but find them suspect.

Jan 08, Tim P rated it liked it. The book also includes an interesting chapter on texting in other languages. Others find the abbreviations used in text messaging to be a bastardization and degradation of the language. I found the information about texting in other languages really interesting as it really demonstrates how we all play with language, something which Crystal sees as a positive and I tend to agree.


Since then, this type of abbreviated language has made its way to text messaging on cell phones in an even larger way because of the character text limitations of sending text messages via SMS short messaging service. The wet rustle of rain can dampen today. 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 f Given that this book was first published inand has sat unread on my shelf since then, I expected that it would be outdated, and largely superseded by developments in technology.

The book is filled with nice and illuminating examples, the parallels to previous changes in our use of language were appropriate and thought provoking. Does feel a bit dated already.

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. Yes, school reading, fight me. The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal. How weird is texting?

The Gr8 Db8linguist David Crystal attempts to show that abbreviations 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 crustal around davvid world are not taking our languages to hell in a hand basket by their alternate spellings in text messages. The lists of texting abbreviations from numerous languages other than Engilsh is this book’s greatest strength.

Dec 08, tomlinton rated it rg8 was ok. Words and phrases are shortened to meet the character limits of text messaging as well as to speed up the process of texting. The book seemed to go on forever and sometimes repeated the same information and research over and over again.

Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal

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. And far from hindering children’s literacy, texting turns out to help it.


It also provides an illuminating and handy glossary of main terms, as well a list of text abbreviations from eleven different languages.

Crystal identifies the linguistic mechanisms and dynamics at work in texting and places it in historical context. Perhaps in a few more years when there are more studies done there will be a better book to come along from him. For one thing, a lot of these studies involved comparatively small groups. A pretty great summary and observational guide to The Texting Phenomenon.

And the best way to understand texting is this: 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.

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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. Jul 25, Fareeha fr8 it really liked it. Selected pages Page 1. Potential readers should take note of the fact that author David Crystal is a professor of linguistics, and so the focus of the book is on the changes – be they positive or negative or both – that the exponential growth in text messaging may or may not be making to language.

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