Jan 08, Tim P rated it liked it 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. It is written by a linguistics professor, which is what makes it so fascinating. Weighing in on the debate about whether texting is destroying the English language or whether it is a natural evolution of the language, Crystal compiles a series of compelling essays that can be devoured in one sitting. Especially interesting: the cultural 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.

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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. 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. Text message shorthand is now everyday talk. Is it good or bad for language?

Why is it happening? Has it happened before? I put a brief response up on my blog. 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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