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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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? However, the book does not deal at all with the use of texting in online discussion forums, my own personal pet peeve. Turning the debate on its head, he argues that texting actually has a positive influence crysttal language skills. A bit academic in places, but a pretty readable “defence” of texting.

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 crywtal of abbreviation – something people have been using for years 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.

I certainly don’t see very many people, particularly young individuals, reading this with fascination or great interest. He read English at University College Londonspecialised in English language studies, did some rese David Crystal works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster.


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When you’re limited to only characters and you’re being charged by the message, you often have to find creative ways to use the limited typing space available to you. It’s texting that happens in inappropriate settings that really gets to me. Once the abbreviations were being sent via cell phones or over the Internet, people began to question its effects.

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And far from hindering children’s literacy, texting turns out to help it. Written in so slightly out of date. While I am not a teen and do not text with a lot of teens, I found I had never seen most of the abbreviated forms used in the examples in a text message. To those who are pedantic about grammar and adhering to strict rules, this book shifts your paradigm. I adored his writing style even though it has the feeling of a graduate thesis.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

It helps you become a better reader, more sensitive to nuance, and a better writer, more sensitive to audience. Crystao lists of texting abbreviations from numerous languages other than Engilsh is this book’s greatest strength. In this humorous, level-headed and insightful book, David Crystal argues that the panic over texting is misplaced. I remember going through summers when I was younger without ever picking up a pen or pencil.

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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! Does feel a bit dated already. Since most texting devices have a character limit, the use of text talk helps to broaden the information that is communicated.

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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.


I am writing all this in order to give you my overall perspective on texting prior to reading this book.

Maybe not to the extent it is used today and certainly not with the technology we use today, but it has been around for a long time. Want to Read saving…. Nov 16, Sinead rated it liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I think that anyone who enjoys linguistics and words would be interested in reading this book.

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 years when it comes to other forms of writing and tthe.

I try to stay ahead of the crowd when it comes to technology, but I have resisted text messaging – and cell phones in general – for some time now.

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. Crystal marshals impressive evidence cyrstal support his argument, and at least some of it struck me, as superfluous. What makes texting distinctive? It is basically a new code developed by crhstal younger generations to communicate.

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