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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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Ebook This title is available as an ebook. 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. Long liv r nobl Qun. The gr8 db8, David Crystal examines some ways that text talking actually enhances literacy skills rather than promoting a decline.

To ask other readers questions about Txtngplease sign up. It helps you become a better reader, more sensitive to nuance, and a better writer, more sensitive to audience. Why all the Fuss? I also believe that any form of tuition which helps develop your awareness of the different properties, styles, and effects of writing is good for you. Author David Crystal sets out to dispel media reports that texting promotes the butchering of the English language and is producing teens and young adults who cannot string a coherent sentence together without the use of “textisms.

‘Gr8 Db8’ Defends The Linguistics Of Texting : NPR

The average number of texts per GSMcustomer in was 0. 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 that affect how people now text.

Topics Science and nature books The Observer. As long as people are producing language, it can only be good for linguistic development.

He also addresses, and dispels common myths about how texting is destroying the English language. With little to no information on the full scope of possible variables on these studies, I can’t help but find them suspect. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Hype About Texting 2. The Gr8 Db8 is entertaining and instructive–reassuring for worried parents and teachers, illuminating for teenagers, and fascinating for everyone interested in what’s currently happening to language and communication.


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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It’s a pretty boring read, to tell you the truth. It dh8 basically a new code developed by our younger generations to communicate. But this is still a fun trot through little-mapped territory. The language is very specific and minimalist. The author gives many examples of how language is already full of abbreviations and plays on words.

Book Review: Txtng, The Gr8 Db8

Written in so slightly out of date. List of cartoons 1. I do not think that speaking over the phone and face-to-face should be db, but I find texting and using text talk to be a time saving communication tool.

I did think it was weird that the entire works cited was just web sites, though.

But the author really didn’t have anything profound to say, and the book published in already seems dated. Since most texting devices have a character limit, the use of text talk helps to broaden the information that is communicated. I do have a cell phone now, but it’s only because my parents foisted one on me; unfortunately, they didn’t add text messaging to their plan, so I’ve never really been able to play around with that technology.

These are the essentials of the book’s “gr8 db8”. Books by David Crystal. The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal.

He published the first of his or so books in rb8, and became known chiefly for his research work in English language studies, in such fields as intonation and stylistics, and in the application of linguistics to religious, educational and clinical contexts, notably in the development of a range of linguistic profiling techniques for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.


It’s texting that happens in inappropriate settings that really gets to me. To tell you the truth, the only part of this book I found truly useful is an appendix listing a significant number of English text abbreviations. Unfortunately, the continuous references to all these studies makes for some pretty dry reading for the non-academic. From the first time one of my friends sent me the message ‘I’ve got 2 go, talk to U later,’ I knew the end was near.

Hardcoverpages. And I always recommend danah boyd all lowercase who has done ethnographic research on teens and the use of different communication tools. I adored his writing style even though it has the feeling of a graduate thesis. In the UK, in So, I am not someone who gets too flu I am one of those people who never got into the whole texting craze, primarily because I hardly ever use my cell phone and I rarely chat with my friends online.

That was over three times as much as all Hollywood box office sales that year. However, I am not beyond ever condescending to the new texting abbreviations, and would occasionally pepper my chats with LOL, ROTFL, and of course ‘, nor would I begrudge my interlocutors when they do the same.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

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. Converting regular language fb8 an alternate language requires creativity, good visual memory, and good motor skills. But once procedures were in place, texting rocketed. Indeed texting is so widespread that many parents, teachers, and media pundits have been outspoken in their criticism of it.

Has there ever been a linguistic phenomenon which has aroused such curiosity, suspicion, gd8, confusion, antagonism, fascination, excitement, and enthusiasm, all at once?