Buy Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. This book takes a long hard look at the text-messaging phenomenon and its effects on literacy, language, and society. Young people who seem. 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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I had a feeling that I would be a bit bored with this book as soon as I got a few chapters in.

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. David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. 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f Given that this book was first published inand has sat unread on my shelf since then, I expected that it would be outdated, and largely superseded by developments in technology.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 fact that research shows that text talk actually follows sentence form and structure tells me that these kids are practicing writing skills more frequently than ever before.

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Hardcoverpages. Feb 24, Deb rated it liked it. Also, texting is more efficient than calling in some situations. Crystal marshals impressive evidence to support his argument, and at least some of it struck me, as superfl An unexpected defense of texting from David Crystal, who has enjoyed with a long, fruitful and distinguished career in linguistics–his Shakespeare’s Words New York: I’m glad I was, for his case is solid. Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland inhe spent his early years in Holyhead.

A bite-sized reasonably entertaining read.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

Crystal cuts through the exaggerations about the dire impact of the medium on language and places texting in context. I did think it was weird thw the entire works cited was just web sites, though. And far from hindering children’s literacy, texting turns out to help it. Yes, school reading, fight me.

Recommend, especially if you teach or have teenagers. The book does a great job in convincing me that there is ccrystal nothing either deviant or inappropriate about how texting came to be. 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.

A bit academic in places, but a pretty readable “defence” of texting. Oxford University Press Amazon. To make matters worse, I can’t buy in to some of Crystal’s findings and conclusions.

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The book itself is fine. This book cannot accurately tell one about the current state of texting – he talks about phones with the keypad, and does not discuss the effects of modern As ever, Crystal is interesting and insightful to read, and this book is fairly accessible, even to those outside the field. Does feel a bit dated already.


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Dec 08, tomlinton rated it it was ok. Now, we have students writing all day, everyday, to communicate with friends. How Weird is Texting?

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal

However, the book does not deal at all with the use of texting in online discussion forums, my own personal pet peeve. Besides these really cool, yet random factoids, David Crystal spends a great deal of time explaining all of the aspects of language found yr8 texting – rebuses, initalisms, igograms, etc. The book is an excellent reality check and a positive insight into an innovative communication medium.

Penguin, is a staple in my personal and classroom libraries. Why do they do it? I am writing all this in order to give you my overall perspective on texting prior to reading this book. Apr 20, Grace rated it liked it Shelves: With little to no information on the full scope of possible variables on these studies, I can’t help but find them suspect.

Pretty much just a bunch of observations.

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