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    DescriptionThis 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 he concludes that far from hindering literacy, texting may turn out to help it. Contents List

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    Txtng: The Gr8 Db8
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Crystal
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 271 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199571338
    ISBN 10: 0199571333

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: MED
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JFCA, JFD
    B&T General Subject: 480
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    Ingram Subject Code: PR
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Abridged Dewey: 428
    BISAC V2.8: TEC052000
    LC classification: P
    DC22: 302.231
    B&T Approval Code: A21010000
    BISAC V2.8: LAN004000
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A31225000, A80090000
    DC22: 004.692
    BISAC V2.8: TEC061000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17310
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    Illustrations note
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    18 October 2009
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    Author Information
    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 books include the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (2nd edn 1997), the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (2nd edn 2003), Words, Words, Words (OUP 2006), and The Fight for English (OUP 2006).
    Review quote
    Crystal's combination of enthusiasm and erudition is persuasive. I'm a convert. Txting is gr8! Brandon Robshaw, The Independent On Sunday A jolly meditation, helped by the enthusiasm of a linguist revelling in newly coined lingo. Tom Lamont, The Observer
    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