The Gr8 Db8

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
A linguistic expert argues that the panic over text messaging is misplaced, looks at every aspect of the phenomenon of text messaging, and considers its effects on literacy, language, and society, in an insightful study.

Oxford University Press
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.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780199544905
Characteristics: ix, 239 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Texting

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Sep 15, 2012

Nbdy lks 2 rd txtng shrthnd.

This is because it looks like gibberish on first glance.

Tho the example above makes you think and fill in the vowels to comprehend its meaning..

That's explained in detail in the book. Tho, if it isn't a slider phone with a keyboard or Blackberry, the writing level may have suffered on Android, and iPhone devices as well as on the tablets.

A case in point is Android 4.0.4 with XT9 and spell correction turned on: sometimes the correction will add guessed words you have to delete to create the word you are able to type quickly on slider phones.

Getting back to the book, I found it useful and informative. The anecdotes about contests for best use of the texting shorthand were amusing.

Yet I still wonder about the young people who spend hours texting incomplete sentences with all the words spelled correctly.

What kind of shortcuts in rational thought are they performing so that a few of them get sucked in by sociopaths, or worse killed by psychopaths?

While these questions are not fully answered by this book, I still believe in texting shorthand.

Whn I nd 2, txtng shrthnd >>> correct spelling and syntax

hgeng63 Aug 31, 2011

Mostly British.


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