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LINGUIST List 20.3223

Wed Sep 23 2009

Books: Socioling/Writing Systems: Crystal

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        1.    Elyse Turr, Txtng: Crystal

Message 1: Txtng: Crystal
Date: 21-Sep-2009
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: Txtng: Crystal
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Title: Txtng
Subtitle: The Gr8 Db8
Published: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: David Crystal
Paperback: ISBN: 0199571333 9780199571338 Pages: 256 Price: U.S. $ 12.95 Comment: New in Paperback!

Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.

This book takes a long hard look at 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.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
                            Writing Systems

Written In: English (eng )

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