Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

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At Oxford we know what it's like to learn a language, and we've designed this dictionary to support you every step of the way. Authoritative coverage and thousands of new words, in a clear colour layout; carefully selected examples of language in use, and a new entry menu to help navigate longer entries; regional variations of Spanish and English clearly labelled; prepare for travel, work, or life abroad with sample letters, CVs, and guides to the Internet and email; and find out more about life in Spanish- and English-speaking countries with cultural notes on topics from festivals to politics.
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"Crystal has performed an admirable service by bringing a linguistically grounded discussion of text messaging to a lay audience. Txtng helps readers appreciate the medium's potential sophistication and become less fearful of negative consequences." --Language

"In this witty and insightful work, Crystal examines the phenomenon of text messaging, notably in terms of its impact on language and society. Crystal cuts through the exaggerations about the dire impact of the medium on language and places texting in context. This book serves both as an excellent introduction to texting for the uninitiated and as a scholarly resource for those who study the phenomenon. Essential." --CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199571338
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/18/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 541,888
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has written or edited over 100 books and published numerous articles for scholarly, professional, and general readerships, in fields ranging from forensic linguistics and ELT to the liturgy and Shakespeare. His many books include Words, Words, Words (OUP 2006) and The Fight for English (OUP 2006).

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Table of Contents

List of Cartoons
1. The Hype About Texting
2. How Weird is Texting?
3. What is Distinctive About it?
4. Why do They do it?
5. Who Texts?
6. What do They Text About?
7. How do Other Languages do it?
8. Why all the Fuss?
Glossary
Appendix
Index
List of cartoons
1. The Hype About Texting
2. How Weird is Texting?
3. What is Distinctive About it?
4. Why do They do it?
5. Who Texts?
6. What do They Text About?
7. How do Other Languages do it?
8. Why all the Fuss?
Glossary
Appendix
Index

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

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    I am one of those people who never got into the whole texting craze, primarily because I hardly ever use my cell phone and I rarely chat with my friends online. Even when I do, I try to write in full sentences and be as clear in my prose as possible. However, I am not beyond ever condescending to the new texting abbreviations, and would occasionally pepper my chats with LOL, ROTFL, and of course ', nor would I begrudge my interlocutors when they do the same. So, I am not someone who gets too flustered with texting as such. It's texting that happens in inappropriate settings that really gets to me. I like to interact with people in various online forums, and when they write whole essays in txt-speak, and I find myself spending more time decoding what they wrote than on the content of their arguments, then I take an exception to this whole business of texting.

    I am writing all this in order to give you my overall perspective on texting prior to reading this book. My attitude could be summed up as ambivalent to weary. 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. And for the most part, David Crystal does a wonderful job at that. The book is filled with nice and illuminating examples, the parallels to previous changes in our use of language were appropriate and thought provoking. The book does a great job in convincing me that there is really nothing either deviant or inappropriate about how texting came to be. And I was also convinced that people who txt are not ruining the English language nor are they hurting their own writing skills. However, the book does not deal at all with the use of texting in online discussion forums, my own personal pet peeve. But other than that, it is a very well written book. It also provides an illuminating and handy glossary of main terms, as well a list of text abbreviations from eleven different languages. These are fun to look at and an interesting glimpse into how other languages deal with texting.

    If you ever have to come across texting in your daily life (and who doesn't these days), and whatever your attitude to texting may be, you could benefit from reading this interesting little book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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