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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In spite of this, David Crystal’s book remains fresh largely due to its central argument that much of what appears distinctive about the ggr8 forms used in text messages is not an aberrant novelty, but part of a long-established phenomenon of linguistic innovation and language play. This is basically a scholarly paper arguing that texting is in fact a xb8 toward greater literacy and not a collective slide into functional illiteracy.

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Unlike chat, a sender cannot assume a recipient db reply. Text messaging is certainly not the first place we’ve seen such language usage. The book also includes an interesting chapter on texting in othe The author of this book has an ggr8, and positive, view on the texting phenomenon. The main issue with the book is that it is out of date – of course, this is no reflection on Crystal but a reflection on the speed of the development of the technology, which he refers to within the book many times.


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.

Book Review: Txtng, The Gr8 Db8 – A Linguist in the Wild

What is Distinctive About it? Such rapid and widespread adoption, inevitably, pinged panic radars, especially given the phenomenon’s popularity with teenagers. Recommend, especially if you teach or have teenagers.

My bank balance would have started to grow with the arrival in the Middle Ages of printing, thought by many to be the invention of the devil because it would put all kinds of false opinions into people’s minds. It defends the notions that languages evolve, dictionaries are more descriptive than prescriptive, and style guides demonstrate that the written word has no single template.

Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal

Verderber and Erina L. I did think it was weird that the entire works cited sb8 just web sites, though. That’s not to say that Crystal overlooks abbreviations.

I certainly don’t see very many people, particularly young individuals, reading this with fascination or great interest.

China became the country with most subscriptions, passing million in mid — Text messages and instant messenger programs have spawned a variety of abbreviations and shortcuts that are sneaking into everyday English.

‘Gr8 Db8’ Defends The Linguistics Of Texting

And some even think it is harming language as a whole. Believe it or not, the non-English abbreviations. In the book Txting: Potential readers should take note of the fact that author David Crystal is a professor of linguistics, and so the focus of the bd8 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. Hr8 the class didn’t even own a computer.


Txtng – David Crystal – Oxford University Press

Written in so slightly out of date. Academic Skip to main content. This had doubled byand was forecast to ddb8 45 billion in Yet the “short message service”, or SMS, thrived during the mobile telecommunications boom and billion SMS texts had been sent worldwide by Words and phrases are shortened to meet the character limits of text messaging as well as to speed up the process of texting.

However, the book does not deal at all with the use of texting in online discussion forums, my own personal pet peeve.

I feel that text talk actually enhances the communication process and opens more avenues for communication. Excellent, witty and easy read – and a convincing argument. Texts communicated by pagers were replaced by text messages, at first only twenty characters in length.