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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Indeed texting is so widespread that many parents, teachers, and media pundits have been outspoken in their criticism of it. Does texting spell the end of western civilization? In this humorous, level-headed and insightful book, David Crystal argues that the panic over texting is misplaced. Crystal, a world renowned linguist and pr Text messaging has spread like wildfire. 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.
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.
He finds that the texting system of conveying sounds and concepts goes back a long way–to the very origins of writing. And far from hindering children’s literacy, texting turns out to help it. The Gr8 Db8 is entertaining and instructive–reassuring for worried parents and teachers, illuminating for teenagers, and fascinating for everyone interested in what’s currently happening to language and communication.
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Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal
Jan 08, Tim P rated it liked it. This book is not written by a cranky old man, an exasperated teacher, nor vr8 giggly 15 year old girl twittering about her love for Twilight characters. It is written by a linguistics professor, which is what makes it so fascinating. Weighing in on the debate about whether texting is destroying the English language or whether it is a natural evolution of the language, Crystal compiles a series of compelling essays that can be devoured in one sitting.
Recommend, especially davvid you teach or have teenagers. I did think it was weird that the entire works cited was just web sites, though. I am one of those people who never got into the whole cryatal craze, primarily because I hardly ever use my cell phone and I rarely chat with my friends online. Even when I do, I try to write in full sentences and be as clear in my prose as possible. 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.
So, I am not someone who vr8 too flu I am one of those people who never got into the whole texting craze, primarily because I hardly ever use my cell phone and I rarely chat with my friends online. So, I am davjd someone who gets too flustered with texting as such.
It’s texting that happens in inappropriate settings that really gets to me. I like to interact with people in various online forums, and when they write whole essays in txt-speak, and I find myself spending more time decoding what they wrote than on the content of their arguments, then I take an exception to this whole business of texting.
I am writing all this in order to give you my overall perspective on texting prior to reading this book. My attitude could be daid up as ambivalent to weary. So I decided to pick up this book and learn more about texting from a professional linguist, someone who has invested a great deal of time to study texting habits and put it in a perspective of language use and development in general.
And for dzvid most part, David Crystal does a wonderful job at that. The book is filled with nice and illuminating examples, the parallels to previous changes in our use of language were appropriate davix thought provoking. The book does a great job in convincing me that there is really nothing either deviant or inappropriate about how texting came to be. And I was also convinced that people who txt are not ruining the English language nor are they hurting their own writing skills.
However, the book does not deal at all with the use of texting in online discussion forums, my own personal pet peeve. But other than that, it is a db88 well written book. It also provides an illuminating and handy glossary of main terms, as well a list of text abbreviations from eleven different languages. These are fun to look at and an interesting glimpse into how other languages deal with texting.
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. Feb 07, Joel Arnold rated it really liked it. The book discusses texting from a linguistic standpont. Crystal identifies the linguistic mechanisms and dynamics at work in texting and places it in historical context. One chapter also gives a limited discussion of texting in other languages.
If you like linguistics you will probably enjoy this book. The primary focus of the book, however, is the common allegation that texting is destroying people’s ability to write and communicate legibly.
Crystal points out that 1 similar phenomena have exi The book discusses texting from a linguistic standpont. 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. Turning the debate on its head, he argues that texting actually has a positive influence on language skills. I enjoyed this book because it provided a perspective contrary to what seems faddish recently.
Crystal offered a realistic linguistic evaluation of what is going on, acknowledging that people will adapt and use technology in ways that are fundamentally the same. If you want to understand his argument of the book in a few minutes, read the first and last chapters. Highlights that were interesting to me: On the other hand, each language evidences distinctive mechanisms stemming from distinctive phenomena in that language. Sep 16, Moira rated it really liked it.
Excellent, witty and easy read – and a convincing argument. I started out as someone who hated the way text speak was apparently massacring the language Feb 10, Nina Chachu rated it really liked it.
A bit academic in places, but a pretty readable “defence” of texting. Didn’t talk much about the impact of texting on the developing world, but one can’t have everything! This was interesting in an anecdotal way for the first 50 pages or so. But the author really didn’t have anything profound to say, and the book published in already seems dated.
Sep 18, Amy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Back in when internet chatrooms were fairly new, an asocial geek in my honors English class wrote a paper on the validity of an exciting new type of language that was cropping up in chatrooms where people were regularly using abbreviated phrases like LOL laugh out loudROFL rolling on floor laughingand TTFN ta ta for now. Our antiquated teacher didn’t seem to know enough about what the guy was talking about to pass any judgement on it one way or the other.
Half the class didn’t ev Back in when internet chatrooms were fairly new, an asocial geek in my honors English class wrote a paper on the validity of an exciting new type of language that was cropping up in chatrooms where people were regularly using abbreviated phrases like LOL laugh out loudROFL rolling on floor laughingand TTFN ta ta for now. Half the class didn’t even own a computer. And I wasn’t going to admit to spending time in chat rooms. 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.
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. Many people find the abbreviated writing of text messages to be foreboding of a generation that will become unable to use English properly.
Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal
Others find the abbreviations used in text messaging to be a bastardization and degradation of the language. In the book Txting: 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 youngsters around the world are not taking our languages to hell in a hand basket by their alternate spellings in text messages.
The author starts out by showcasing several award-winning poems that were sb8 to the character limitation of a text message. My very favorite was this one: I sit by him in kemistry, Crtstal sit by him in chemistry, it splits my oms it splits my atoms wen he: This is clearly not a poem written by someone who doesn’t know how to use the language properly.
In fact, there has even been a recent phenomenon crysgal many Asian countries of entire books being written in installments by text messaging. The language is very specific and minimalist. The author gives many examples of how language is already full of abbreviations and plays on words.
Text messaging is certainly not the first place we’ve seen such language usage. Previous text language and text-like language usages include: The author also insists that there is no proof that texting has hurt classroom literacy rates. Students often find it helpful for notetaking but know not to use it for essays or assignments.
In fact, a study at Coventry University found that students who used more abbreviations when writing text messages actually scored higher on reading and vocabulary. The reason is that a student has to know how to use the language properly before he or she can play with it and morph it.
Converting regular language into an alternate language requires creativity, good visual memory, and good motor skills. I think that anyone who enjoys linguistics and words would be interested in reading this book.
If you find alternate spellings and language play to th annoying, this book might open your eyes to the creative side of it. And if you’re afraid language is suffering from language abnormalities in text messages, this book might encourage you to see texting in a more positive light.