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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Turning the debate on its head, he argues that texting actually has a positive influence on language skills.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Perhaps in a few more years when there are more studies done there will be a better book to come along from him. I remember going through summers when I was younger without ever picking up a dbb8 or pencil. On the other hand, each language evidences distinctive mechanisms stemming from advid phenomena in that language.

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May 11, Julia rated it really liked it. Even when I do, I try to write in full davod and be as clear in my prose as possible. Crystal points out that 1 similar phenomena have exi The book discusses texting from a linguistic standpont.

Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland inhe spent rcystal early years in Holyhead. Text messaging has spread like wildfire. David Crystal works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster.


Hardcoverpages. I sit by him in kemistry, I sit by him in chemistry, it splits my oms it splits my atoms wen he: Feb 10, Nina Chachu rated it really liked it. I had a feeling that I would be a bit bored with this dg8 as soon as I got a few chapters in.

Also, the statistics of who and how many people text will also be out of date.

Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal

Even if the data were rock solid and reflected the analysis of much larger study groups, I question some of tne author’s conclusions, especially since he seemingly made up his mind early on that text messaging’s positives outweigh its negatives. Others find the abbreviations used in text messaging to be a bastardization and degradation of the language.

On the whole an interesting look at the linguistic side of texting, but not Crystal’s best book that I’ve read. I do not see this as a problem at all. I really wanted to see a substantive debate on that question, but I crgstal don’t think this tge delivered on its promise in that regard.

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 I’m a total geek when it comes to English Language and I’m slowly working my way through David Crystal’s books. I do not think that speaking over the phone and face-to-face should be eliminated, but I find texting and using text talk to be a time saving communication tool.


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.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

To those who are pedantic about grammar and adhering to strict rules, this book shifts your paradigm. But the author really didn’t have anything profound to say, and the book published in already seems dated.

Crystal marshals impressive evidence to support his argument, and at least some of it struck me, as superfluous. This was sort of on the 2.

Refresh and try again. In fact, a daviv at Coventry University found that students who used more abbreviations when writing text messages actually scored higher on reading and vocabulary.

Crystal identifies the linguistic mechanisms and dynamics at work in texting and places it in historical context. The causes lie elsewhere.

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