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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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. Yet the “short message service”, or SMS, thrived during the mobile telecommunications boom and billion SMS texts had been sent worldwide by This had doubled byand was forecast to be 45 billion in The Gr8 Db8David Crystal takes on the h8ers who want to know why kids these days are too lazy to use vowels.

Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. How do Other Languages do it? I have heard plenty of people say texting is destroying literacy and this book would seem to argue somewhat successfully that such is not the case. Text messages and instant messenger programs have spawned a variety of abbreviations and shortcuts that are sneaking into everyday English.

The growth in usage has been a natural consequence of the phenomenal growth in penetration of the mobile phone as it is known in British English — mobile for shortor cellphone in American English — cell, for short.

It is even possible to send longer messages, using a system called ‘concatenated SMS’, which breaks a long message down into smaller chunks, sending them in sequence, though not all wireless devices support it.

Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal

As ever, Crystal is interesting and insightful to read, and this book is fairly accessible, even to those outside the field. I sit by him in kemistry, I sit by him in chemistry, it splits my oms it splits my atoms wen he: There is increasing evidence that db helps rather than hinders literacy.


Words and phrases are shortened to meet the character limits of text messaging as well as to speed up the process of texting. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Many people find the abbreviated writing of text messages to be foreboding of a generation that will become unable to use English properly. I adored g8 writing style even though it has the feeling of a graduate thesis.

This is, for the most part, a dry and somewhat academic read. Although rates of diffusion vary greatly around the world, the common pattern is one of extraordinarily rapid growth. A trillion text messages may seem a lot, but when we set these alongside the multi-trillion instances of standard orthography in everyday life, they appear as no more than a few ripples on the surface of the sea of language.

Turning the debate on its head, he argues that texting actually has a positive influence on language skills. If you like linguistics you will probably enjoy this book. That was over three times as much as all Hollywood box office sales that year. The author starts out by showcasing several award-winning poems that were confined to the character limitation of a text message.

‘Gr8 Db8’ Defends The Linguistics Of Texting

Why are we beginning to question this type of communication now? Unlike chat, a sender cannot assume a recipient will reply. Apr 20, Grace rated it liked it Shelves: I guess those abbreviations are more interesting than I first thought. Short messaging, short mail, SMSing, person-to-person messaging, mobile messaging, wireless messaging, text messaging, texting, txtng.

Sep 04, Steven rated it really liked it. 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 by David Crystal

There is a widely voiced concern that the practice is fostering a decline in literacy. And although the first experimental messages were sent in Finland init took five years or more before numbers of users started to build up.

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Does texting spell the end of western civilization? 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 controversial conclusions Traces txtng system back to the origins of writing Fascinating, entertaining, instructive Illustrated with original cartoons by McLachlan.


Just a moment while we sign you in to tr8 Goodreads account. But this is still a fun trot through little-mapped territory. Dec 01, Niki rated it liked it.

In an article headed ‘I h8 txt msgs: The author of this book has an interesting, and positive, view on the texting phenomenon. However, a lot can be learned about the origin and early years of texting, and should still be of interest to those who wish to look into it in more detail, who want to know more rg8 texting as a phenomenon, and who enjoy Crystal’s work. Nov 16, Sinead rated it liked it. I’m a total geek when it comes to English Language and I’m slowly working my way through David Crystal’s books.

Besides, he suggests, Britain’s moral panic brigade should be thankful that trends here haven’t developed as they have in Japan, where teenagers enjoy a ritual called keitai dating, sitting around a table in near-silence to flirt by SMS.

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grr8 Crystal identifies the linguistic mechanisms and dynamics at work in texting and places it in historical context. In his new book, TxtngDavid Crystal takes on the h8ers who want to know why kids these days are too lazy to use vowels. His primary argument is that texting uses shorthand but does not alter the sentence structure. And they must be stopped. Nothing overly bad about it, but nothing particularly impressive about it either.

Others find the abbreviations used in text messaging to be dv8 bastardization and degradation of the language. I n his study of text messaging culture, linguist David Crystal asks us to picture the investors’ meeting when the mobile phone was first unveiled.

Words in Time and Place David Crystal. Converting regular language into an alternate language requires creativity, good visual memory, and good motor skills.

My attitude could be summed up as ambivalent to weary.