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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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Unless you have some strong interest in the subject and even then look for something newergive this one a pass. I really wanted to see a substantive debate on that question, but I just don’t think this book delivered on its crjstal in that regard.

The Gr8 Db8 is entertaining and instructive–reassuring for crystak parents and teachers, illuminating for teenagers, and fascinating for everyone interested in what’s currently happening to language and communication. Since most texting devices have a character limit, the use of text talk helps to broaden the information that is communicated.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

Text messaging is certainly not the first place we’ve seen such language usage. Feb 24, Deb rated it liked it. Turning the debate on its head, he argues that texting actually has a positive influence on language skills. Savid UK has text poetry competitions. Dec 08, tomlinton rated it it was rg8. And far from hindering children’s literacy, texting turns out to help it. The book discusses texting from a linguistic standpont. While I am not a teen and do not text with a lot of teens, I found I had never seen most of gr88 abbreviated forms used in the examples in a text message.

Our technology age has done just that. Sep 18, Susan rated it liked it. It’s texting that happens in inappropriate settings that really gets to me.

David Crystal Limited preview – A pretty great summary and observational guide to The Texting Phenomenon. Sep 18, Amy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: David Crystal looks at the evidence. Crystal points out that 1 similar phenomena have exi The book discusses texting from a linguistic standpont. Unfortunately, the continuous references to all these studies makes for some pretty dry reading for the non-academic. If you want to understand his argument of the book in a few minutes, read the first and last chapters.


Converting regular language into an alternate language requires creativity, good visual memory, and good motor skills. Now, we have students writing all day, everyday, to communicate with friends.

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. The chapter on text messaging in languages other than English was nothing short of an ordeal.

The book seemed to go on forever and sometimes repeated the same information and research over and over again. It’s a pretty boring read, to tell you the truth. To be sure, there are some interesting facts for readers to glean from these pages, but my feeling is that those with an interest in linguistics may be the only readers who will truly appreciate the author’s efforts.

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! The book does a great job in convincing me that there is really nothing either deviant or inappropriate about how texting came to be. I am writing all this in order to give you my overall perspective on texting prior to reading this book. 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 dg8 be outdated, and largely superseded by developments in technology.


The best part is probably the appendices with texting abbreviations in a dozen or so foreign languages. I crysyal this book because it provided a perspective contrary to what seems faddish recently. Even when I do, I try to write in full sentences and be as clear in my prose as possible.

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

It deals comprehensively with many different languages, and the examples it gives are quite enlightening, sometimes entertaining. Nor is texting likely to result in any further diminishing of the standard our mother tongue. He also put a great deal of effort into researching the global texting phenomenon and even compiled textims from 11 other languages.

Texting is a worry only for people who don’t understand its nature. Yes, school reading, fight me. Sep 16, Moira rated it really liked it.

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And I was also convinced that people who txt are not ruining the English language nor are they hurting their own writing skills. The most important things I took away from this book are: Good for its date of writing or so but dated now.

As ever, Crystal is interesting and insightful to read, and this book is fairly accessible, even gr88 those outside the field.

I certainly don’t see very many people, particularly young individuals, reading this with fascination or great interest. Phone home from the middle of a field or hear the voice of a loved one atop Everest! A bite-sized reasonably entertaining read.