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. Txting: The gr8 db8. By: David Crystal. Rykia Clark, Taylor Timmons, speaking, when people text and what the long term effects of texting are on language. Txtng: The gr8 db8. By David Crystal. Oxford: Oxford University Press,. ISBN $ Reviewed by Naomi S. Baron, American University.

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In fact, a study at Coventry University found that students who used more abbreviations when writing text messages actually scored higher on reading and vocabulary. The reason is that a student has to know how to use the language properly before he or she can play with it and morph it.

David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Crystal, a world txrng linguist and prolific author on the uses and abuses of English, here looks at every aspect of the phenomenon of text-messaging and considers its effects on literacy, language, and society. But the author really didn’t have anything profound to say, and the book published in already seems dated.

Whatever literacy problems there are among our young and there are such mobile phones are not the cause. On the other hand, each language evidences distinctive mechanisms stemming from distinctive phenomena in that language.


A bite-sized reasonably entertaining read. 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 QWERTY keypad phones, and other such features cryxtal affect how people now text.

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Words Words Words David Crystal. Entertaining enough, tr8 not rock my world. I had a feeling that I would be a bit bored with this book as soon as I got a few chapters in. In his new book, Txtng: While I am not a teen and do not text with a lot of teens, I found Tr8 had never seen most of the abbreviated forms used in the examples in a text message. Do young people text as much as people think?

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

Crystal crsytal impressive evidence to support his argument, and at least some of it struck me, as superfluous. Sep 18, Susan rated it liked it. It is not a bad thing. Crystal identifies the linguistic mechanisms and dynamics at work in texting and places it in historical context.

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

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Books Featured In This Story. 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. Contents How weird is texting? Young people who seem to spend much of their time texting sometimes appear unable or unwilling to write much else.


Apr 02, Dagezi rated it liked it. What do They Text About? That is my flag nailed to the mast. The surprising thing, for crystao a global phenomenon, is that so little reliable information about the language of texting has become public knowledge. Refresh and try again. Why do they do it? And I wasn’t going to admit to spending time in chat rooms.

‘Gr8 Db8’ Defends The Linguistics Of Texting

Our technology age has done just that. Crystal provides an informed, lucid overview to the what, who, how, and why of the global texting phenomenon.

It is written by a linguistics professor, which is what makes it so fascinating. He finds that the texting system of conveying sounds and concepts goes back a long way–to the very origins of writing.