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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‘Gr8 Db8’ Defends The Linguistics Of Texting
Why do They do it? Since most texting devices have a character limit, the use of text talk helps to broaden the information that is communicated. And only a very tiny part of the language uses its distinctive orthography. The average reader may well have to grit his teeth crystsl persevere just to make it through to the end.
Even if the data were rock txtnv and reflected the analysis of much larger study groups, I question some of the author’s conclusions, especially since he seemingly made up his mind early on that text messaging’s positives outweigh its negatives. It deals comprehensively with many different languages, and the examples it gives are quite enlightening, sometimes entertaining.
Indeed texting is davod widespread that many parents, teachers, and media pundits have been outspoken in their criticism of it. He also put a great crystql of effort into researching the global texting phenomenon and even compiled textims from 11 other languages.
Ultimately, Txtng is less a book than an extended article padded out with the help of a largely unnecessary glossary and two redundant appendices of text abbreviations in English and eleven other languages these sections taking up 53 of the pagesbut it xttng interesting and well-argued, and Crystal’s conclusion that teachers need to equip learners with the ability to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate contexts for the use of any language variety, not just the language of text messages, is a compelling one.
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.
Txtg finds that the texting system of conveying sounds and concepts goes back a long way–to the very origins of writing.
How do Other Languages do it?
Txtng: The Gr8 Db8
Crystal, a world renowned 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. There’s not a “gr8” deal of “db8” here, and it’s hard to avoid the suspicion that the book’s sub-title was chosen for the opportunity it presented to use text abbreviations – indeed, the author even hints at something of the sort at one point p.
Heard on Talk of the Nation. There is increasing evidence that it helps rather than hinders literacy. Reasonably argued texting is not destroying English, is drawing on modes of linguistic improvisation and abbreviation with long historical pedigrees, etc. Does texting spell the end of western civilization? That is my flag nailed txtbg the mast. Those ‘not currently engaged in employment, education, or training’ — an acronym introduced following a UK government report in The causes lie elsewhere.
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Many people find the abbreviated writing of text messages to be foreboding yr8 a crystzl that will become unable to use English properly. Analyzing text messages helped prosecutors by disproving an alibi, which put a killer in prison. Previous text language and text-like language usages include: 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.
We seem to have a problem. And for the most part, David Crystal does a wonderful job at that. Less than a decade ago, hardly anyone had heard of it. Half the class didn’t even own a computer. It is a type of language whose communicative strengths and weaknesses need to be appreciated.
Gartner, the industry analysts, predict the total will reach 2. I remember going through summers when I was younger without ever picking up a pen or pencil. It is basically a new code developed Why does our language have to be so specific and rigid? I do not see this as a problem at all. These are fun to look at and an interesting glimpse into how other languages deal with texting.
Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 – David Crystal – Google Books
Why do they do it? As a result, a huge popular mythology has grown up, in which exaggerated and distorted accounts of what youngsters are believed to do when they text has fuelled prophecies of impending linguistic disaster. In an article headed ‘I h8 txt msgs: For one thing, a lot of these studies involved comparatively small groups.
It does not degrade or destroy people linguistic abilities. He read English at University College Londonspecialised in English language studies, did some rese David Crystal works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster.
Books Featured In This Story. He investigates how texting began and who uses it, crystl and what for. Text messaging has spread like wildfire. Pretty much just a bunch of observations. These days he divides his time between work on language and work on internet davir. Long liv r nobl Qun. I certainly don’t see very many people, particularly young individuals, reading this with fascination or great interest. Practically Speaking Dan Rothwell. This was interesting in an anecdotal way for the first 50 pages or so.
Just a moment fb8 we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sep 18, Susan rated it liked it. Given that this book was first published inand has sat unread on my shelf since then, I expected that it would be outdated, and largely superseded by developments in technology.
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 crtstal.