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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Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

I did not give a perfect score because I feel tctng book could have been shorter and had the same effect. 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.

List of cartoons 1. If you find alternate spellings and language play to be annoying, this book might open your eyes to the creative side of it. I would recommend this book for teachers as well as parents. I sit by him in kemistry, I sit by him in chemistry, it splits my oms it splits my atoms wen he: And for the most part, David Crystal does a wonderful job at that.

With the continued rise of social networking platforms that blur the distinction between text messages, online chat, and blogging, and txtnh 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 form for ever.

Your text buoys me above oil-rainbow puddles like a paper boat, so that even soaked to the skin I am grinning. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider.

I would rate, Txtng: 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.

Choose your country or region Close. Also like 8 years old so the other book about internet communication is probably something more relevant if that’s what you’re looking for. The focus is on language, but Crystal comments on social and cultural aspects of texting Maybe not to the extent it is used today and certainly not with the technology we use today, but it has been around for a long time.


Excellent, witty and easy read – and a convincing argument.

It deals comprehensively with many different languages, and the examples it gives are quite enlightening, sometimes entertaining. I had a feeling that I would be a bit bored with this book as soon as I got a few chapters in. Even if you are familiar with some of the terms in hr8 different languages, you might want to just skip that chapter altogether.

And far from hindering children’s literacy, texting turns out to help it. I really wanted to see a substantive debate on that question, but I just don’t think this book 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 tr8 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. Reasonably argued texting is not destroying English, is drawing on modes of linguistic improvisation and abbreviation with long historical pedigrees, etc.

Media outrage has ensued. I’m not sure what the “the gr8 db8” is. The language is very specific and minimalist. The Hype About Texting 2. It is, she explains, chiefly for the benefit of Microsoft Word and Outlook Express users: How Weird is Texting? Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. I’m glad I was, for his case is solid. Potential readers should take note of the fact that author David Crystal is a professor of linguistics, ggr8 so the focus of the book is on the changes – be they positive or negative or both – that the exponential growth in text messaging may or may not be making to language.

I do not see this as a problem at all.

Txtng – David Crystal – Oxford University Press

A bite-sized reasonably entertaining read. Lists with This Book. Adding ample ammunition the gr8t txt db8t, Crystal’s book offers well-supported pro-texting arguments, entertaining texting excerpts, and often not-so-entertaining lists and tables of texting usages in over 11 languages.


Books by David Crystal. Ebook This title is available as an ebook. The author gives many examples of how language is already full of abbreviations and plays on words. Contents How weird is texting?

Jun 25, Moira Clunie rated it liked it Shelves: In this humorous, level-headed and insightful book, David Crystal argues that the panic over texting is misplaced.

The book is an excellent reality check and a positive insight into an innovative communication medium. To make matters worse, I can’t buy in to some of Crystal’s findings and conclusions. I try to stay ahead of the crowd when it comes to technology, but I have resisted text messaging – and cell phones in general – for some time now.

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. This book is not written by a cranky old man, an exasperated teacher, nor a giggly 15 year old girl twittering about her love for Twilight characters. Words Words Words David Crystal. What is Distinctive About it? If you like linguistics you will probably enjoy this book.

It is basically a new code developed by our younger generations to communicate. Having spent four years working at a helpdesk, I pretty much hate telephones; many is the time I’ve cursed the name of Alexander Graham Bell over the years. The average reader may well have to grit his teeth and persevere just to make it through to the end.

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. He has written or edited over books and published numerous articles for scholarly, professional, and general readerships, in fields ranging from forensic linguistics and ELT to the liturgy and Shakespeare.