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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. Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal. A linguist finds text messaging nothing to fear, discovers Tom Lamont. Tom Lamont. Sat 10 Oct 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.

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Unless you have some strong interest in the subject and even then look for something newergive this one a pass. The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal. Literacy As you might expect, there was much discussion of the impact of texting upon literacy, but Crystal regards texting as having a mostly positive impact.

The same gt8 not true in the U. On Db88 Day alone inover million text messages went out.

Crystal provides an in-depth guide to different texting abbreviation conventions in English and other languages, but he also points out that 1 the concept of abbreviation is nothing new and 2 one reasons they occur simply because the interface of a numeric keypad is so cumbersome.

Sometimes popular culture gets it right. Your text buoys me above oil-rainbow puddles like a paper boat, so that even soaked to the skin I am grinning. Jun 22, Lauren Fecht rated it really db88 it. It also provides an illuminating and handy glossary of main terms, as well a list of sb8 abbreviations from eleven different languages.

It’s a pretty boring read, to tell you the truth.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal

Teenage texters are not ruining the English language nor are they turning into illiterate vandals with thumb problems. Such rapid and widespread adoption, inevitably, pinged panic radars, especially given the phenomenon’s popularity with teenagers. One the main motivations for texting is boredom as well as conveying information.


Besides text, an enhanced SMS system can also carry other kinds of data, such as ringtones, logos, gr animations. The book does a great job in convincing me that there is really nothing either deviant or inappropriate about how bd8 came to be. There is a widely voiced concern that the practice is fostering a decline in literacy. Yet the “short message service”, or SMS, thrived during the mobile telecommunications boom and billion SMS texts had been sent worldwide by I guess those abbreviations are more interesting than I first thought.

I’m also aware, albeit tangentially, that the quality of student writing seems to be headed in the wrong direction in recent years, ddb8 I’ve been inclined to agree with those who blame that decline in part on the rise of text messaging.

Feb 24, Deb rated it liked it. I’m not sure what the “the gr8 db8” is.

In the UK, in Crystal, a world renowned linguist and prolific author on the uses and abuses of English, here looks at every aspect of the phenomenon of text-messaging and considers its effects on literacy, language, and society. 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.

I am a former linguistics Ph.

Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal

Apr 02, Dagezi rated it liked it. Crystal, a world renowned linguist and prolific author on the uses and abuses of English, here looks at every aspect of the phenomenon of text-messaging and considers its effects on literacy, language, and society. Might people forget how to communicate gt8 a keypad?


Once the abbreviations were being sent via cell phones or over the Internet, people began to question its effects. Working on a university campus, though, I’m certainly aware that the text messages are flying all around me all day long, and I want and need to learn more about the subject. New words, phrases, structures, etc. 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.

Mobile phones Language reviews. I would have loved more about the changes in the Deaf community. Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland inhe spent his early years in Holyhead.

‘Gr8 Db8’ Defends The Linguistics Of Texting : NPR

Dec 08, tomlinton rated it it was ok. The book is filled with nice and illuminating examples, the parallels to previous changes in our use of gf8 were appropriate and thought provoking.

Hardcoverpages. And I was also convinced that people who txt are not ruining the English language nor are they hurting their own writing skills.