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David Crystal quotes two such commentators with relish. Similarly, there have always been people who wished to protect the poor, vulnerable English language from assault by barbarians. Thus far in this gr8 db8, we seem to have heard only one side of it. He says that all the popular beliefs about texting are wrong, or at least debatable.

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Virtually every day I get an email or phone call — occasionally even a letter — from someone asking a linguistic question or wanting to share a linguistic observation. For example, in May I received this from a journalist:. Here in Orange County, California, 11 to year-olds are increasingly using acronyms in their conversations. Text message shorthand is now everyday talk. Is it good or bad for language? Why is it happening?

Has it happened before? As I was doing so, I searched for a general book which would answer these questions more fully. My own previous writing on this topic had been brief and anecdotal. Even in my Language and the Internet , I devoted only a page or two to texting, as mobile phones were really off topic. And my Glossary of Netspeak and Textspeak was.

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Read preview. Synopsis Text messaging has spread like wildfire. Indeed texting is so widespread that many parents, teachers, and media pundits have been outspoken in their criticism of it. Does texting spell the end of western civilization?

In this humorous, level-headed and insightful book, David Crystal argues that the panic over texting is misplaced. 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. 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.

He finds that the texting system of conveying sounds and concepts goes back a long way--to the very origins of writing. And far from hindering children's literacy, texting turns out to help it. Illustrated with original art by Ed MacLachlan, a popular cartoonist whose work has appeared in Punch, Private Eye, New Statesman, and many other publications, Txting: 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.

Excerpt Virtually every day I get an email or phone call — occasionally even a letter — from someone asking a linguistic question or wanting to share a linguistic observation. For example, in May I received this from a journalist: Here in Orange County, California, 11 to year-olds are increasingly using acronyms in their conversations. I put a brief response up on my blog.

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Virtually every day I get an email or phone call — occasionally even a letter — from someone asking a linguistic question or wanting to share a linguistic observation. For example, in May I received this from a journalist:. Here in Orange County, California, 11 to year-olds are increasingly using acronyms in their conversations. Text message shorthand is now everyday talk. Is it good or bad for language? Why is it happening?

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I n his study of text messaging culture, linguist David Crystal asks us to picture the investors' meeting when the mobile phone was first unveiled. We've created a method of calling anybody, any time, anywhere, the inventors might have said. Phone home from the middle of a field or hear the voice of a loved one atop Everest! One more thing: we want to put in a facility that allows people to thumb a message of no more than characters, in case they want to communicate that way instead. It is ugly, clunky and retrogressive.

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The lists of texting abbreviations from numerous languages other than Engilsh is this book's greatest strength. Otherwise, Crystal simply points out the antecedents of text messaging. Crystal provides an informed, lucid overview to the what, who, how, and why of the global texting phenomenon. The focus is on language, but Crystal comments on social and cultural aspects of texting Txtng: The Gr8 Db8.

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