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. He also put a great deal of effort into researching the global texting phenomenon and even compiled textims from 11 other languages. Our antiquated teacher didn't seem to know enough about what the guy was talking about to pass any judgement on it one way or the other. It does not degrade or destroy people linguistic abilities. 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.
Our technology age has done just that. I think that anyone who enjoys linguistics and words would be interested in reading this book. Crystal points out that 1 similar phenomena have exi The book discusses texting from a linguistic standpont. Unfortunately, the continuous references to all these studies makes for some pretty dry reading for the non-academic. This book cannot accurately tell one about the current state of texting - he talks about phones with the 1-9 keypad, and does not discuss the effects of modern As ever, Crystal is interesting and insightful to read, and this book is fairly accessible, even to those outside the field.
Does texting spell the end of western civilization? So, I am not someone who gets too flustered with texting as such. If the information in these reports cannot be supported by evidence, I don't see how you can debate it. The average reader may well have to grit his teeth and persevere just to make it through to the end. I do not think text talk is ruining our younger generations ability to effectively communicate, in fact, I think it is enhancing it as I mentioned previously. A pretty great summary and observational guide to The Texting Phenomenon.
One that is neither prophesizing doom or saying that texting will change the fabric of the universe. With the continued rise of social networking platforms that blur the distinction between text messages, online chat, and blogging, and with the move away from mobile phones with numeric keypads in favour of smartphones and tablets with touchscreens, the 160-character text message may not be around in its current form for ever. But other than that, it is a very well written book. He shows how to interpret its mix of pictograms, logograms, abbreviations, symbols, and wordplay, and how it works in different languages. I adored his writing style even though it has the feeling of a graduate thesis. While I am not a teen and do not text with a lot of teens, I found I had never seen most of the abbreviated forms used in the examples in a text message. Crystal identifies the linguistic mechanisms and dynamics at work in texting and places it in historical context.
Unlike chat, a sender cannot assume a recipient will reply. Nor is texting likely to result in any further diminishing of the standard our mother tongue. On the other hand, each language evidences distinctive mechanisms stemming from distinctive phenomena in that language. Now, we have students writing all day, everyday, to communicate with friends. On the whole an interesting look at the linguistic side of texting, but not Crystal's best book that I've read. They are destroying it: pillaging our punctuation; savaging our sentences; raping our vocabulary.
And some even think it is harming language as a whole. It is a type of language whose communicative strengths and weaknesses need to be appreciated. I do not see this as a problem at all. Young people who seem to spend much of their time texting sometimes appear unable or unwilling to write much else. His primary argument is that texting uses shorthand but does not alter the sentence structure. Enjoy reading 256 pages by starting download or read online Txtng: The Gr8 Db8.
The best part is probably the appendices with texting abbreviations in a dozen or so foreign languages. Maybe not to the extent it is used today and certainly not with the technology we use today, but it has been around for a long time. So I decided to pick up this book and learn more about texting from a professional linguist, someone who has invested a great deal of time to study texting habits and put it in a perspective of language use and development in general. I agree with Professor David Crystal's argument that there is nothing to fear from texting. It's a pretty boring read, to tell you the truth. I did think it was weird that the entire works cited was just web sites, though.
This was sort of on the 2. Crystal offered a realistic linguistic evaluation of what is going on, acknowledging that people will adapt and use technology in ways that are fundamentally the same. His primary argument is that texting uses shorthand but does not alter the sentence structure. But these short forms have, Crystal points out, appeared throughout history in every written language. Reasonably argued texting is not destroying English, is drawing on modes of linguistic improvisation and abbreviation with long historical pedigrees, etc. In fact, he remarks that texting in the U. The book seemed to go on forever and sometimes repeated the same information and research over and over again.
Indeed texting is so widespread that many parents, teachers, and media pundits have been outspoken in their criticism of it. However, there was some lively conversation on how text speak has become a new popular way of communicating and a humorous outlook at the moral panics over texting and its 'disastrous' impact on education. Having spent four years working at a helpdesk, I pretty much hate telephones; many is the time I've cursed the name of Alexander Graham Bell over the years. I found the information about texting in other languages really interesting as it really demonstrates how we all play with language, something which Crystal sees as a positive and I tend to agree. Have you never marked a note to a loved one with some Xs and Os? On the other hand, Crystal notes that there is little evidence that texters confuse texting with formal writing. Maybe not to the extent it is used today and certainly not with the technology we use today, but it has been around for a long time. Some students have a hard time communicating face to face so texting allows for a less-stressful situation for these types of students.
It's texting that happens in inappropriate settings that really gets to me. Txtng Details This book is not written by a cranky old man, an exasperated teacher, nor a giggly 15 year old girl twittering about her love for Twilight characters. While I am not a teen and do not text with a lot of teens, I found I had never seen most of the abbreviated forms used in the examples in a text message. Other Titles: Texting : Responsibility: David Crystal ; with cartoons by Ed McLachlan. Hyperbole aside, people are understandably worried about what this new form of communication and might mean for the future of our language. It does not degrade or destroy people linguistic abilities.