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Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 (2008)

de David Crystal

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This book takes a long hard look at the text-messaging phenomenon and its effects on literacy, language, and society. Young people who seem to spend much of their time texting sometimes appear unable or unwilling to write much else. Media outrage has ensued. "It is bleak, bald, sad shorthand,"writes a commentator in the UK Guardian. "It masks dyslexia, poor spelling, and mental laziness." Exam answers using textese and reports that examiners find them acceptable have led to headlines in the tabloids and leaders in the qualities.Do young people text as much as people think? Do adults? Does texting spell the end of literacy? Is there a panic in the media? David Crystal looks at the evidence. He investigates how texting began and who uses it, why and what for. He shows how to interpret its mix of pictograms, logograms,abbreviations, symbols, and wordplay, and how it works in different languages. He explores the ways similar devices have been used in different eras and discovers that the texting system of conveying sounds and meaning goes back a long way, all the way in fact to the origins of writing - and heconcludes that far from hindering literacy, texting may turn out to help it.… (més)
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I had a feeling that I would be a bit bored with this book as soon as I got a few chapters in. As it was published in 2009 it is surprising how much has changed when it comes to texting and phones themselves so points that were made then no longer have a purpose now. 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. I like the way that David writes but do think he could stop plugging his other books so much... ( )
  SineadB | Dec 7, 2015 |
I had a feeling that I would be a bit bored with this book as soon as I got a few chapters in. As it was published in 2009 it is surprising how much has changed when it comes to texting and phones themselves so points that were made then no longer have a purpose now. 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. I like the way that David writes but do think he could stop plugging his other books so much... ( )
  SineadB | Dec 7, 2015 |
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. ( )
  cbobbitt | May 22, 2010 |
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 as well. It's an enjoyable, quick read and the appendices of texting abbreviations are bound to teach you something new - especially the one with abbreviations in eleven languages! ( )
  peacox | Mar 7, 2010 |
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I had fun cataloguing this (had to put a separate catalogue title entry reading "Texting: the great debate"*) and, of course, reading it. Crystal really is the master of the accessible linguistics book and this was no exception. His central premise is that there shouldn't be such a foaming at the gills about "text speak": a) the features included in it have been used for decades in acrostics and other word games, b) the amount of texting that is in "text speak" is actually a very small part of the whole, and c) it is fascinating to see language change as it happens. He looks at how we use language in texting, differences between ages and genders of texters, and there's a particularly interesting chapter on the use of text speak in languages other than English.

Great stuff!

* yes, cataloguers out there, I know I didn't need to do a 246 including the subtitle, but I checked, and I did. ( )
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Crystal sounds only a few mild notes of concern. He mentions, for example, a study that found that descriptions written by young people who text were shorter than those by their nontexting counterparts. But overall, he's pretty doubtful that the Internet has been around for long enough to corrode our language culture.
afegit per Shortride | editaBookforum, Clive Thompson (Feb 1, 2010)
 
Crystal is a professional linguist, and professional linguists, almost universally, do not believe that any naturally occurring changes in the language can be bad. So his conclusions are predictable: texting is not corrupting the language; people who send text messages that use emoticons, initialisms (“g2g,” “lol”), and other shorthands generally know how to spell perfectly well; and the history of language is filled with analogous examples of nonstandard usage.
afegit per Shortride | editaThe New Yorker, Louis Menard (Oct 20, 2008)
 
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Texting is one of the most innovative linguistic phenomena of modern times, and perhaps that is why it has generated such strong emotion ... [y]et all the evidence suggests that belief in an impending linguistic disaster is a consequence of a mythology created largely by the media.
Some people dislike texting. Some are bemused by it. Some love it. I am fascinated by it, for it is the latest manifestation of the human ability to be linguistically creative and adapt language to suit the demands of diverse settings. In texting we are seeing, in a small way, language in evolution.
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This book takes a long hard look at the text-messaging phenomenon and its effects on literacy, language, and society. Young people who seem to spend much of their time texting sometimes appear unable or unwilling to write much else. Media outrage has ensued. "It is bleak, bald, sad shorthand,"writes a commentator in the UK Guardian. "It masks dyslexia, poor spelling, and mental laziness." Exam answers using textese and reports that examiners find them acceptable have led to headlines in the tabloids and leaders in the qualities.Do young people text as much as people think? Do adults? Does texting spell the end of literacy? Is there a panic in the media? David Crystal looks at the evidence. He investigates how texting began and who uses it, why and what for. He shows how to interpret its mix of pictograms, logograms,abbreviations, symbols, and wordplay, and how it works in different languages. He explores the ways similar devices have been used in different eras and discovers that the texting system of conveying sounds and meaning goes back a long way, all the way in fact to the origins of writing - and heconcludes that far from hindering literacy, texting may turn out to help it.

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