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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.


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Title: Txtng
Subtitle: The Gr8 Db8
Written By: David Crystal
Description:

"Crystal presents a compelling arguement in favor of texting as a force
for, and signifier of, linguistic ability." --The Times, London

"A work that needed to be written, it's wholly persuasive in its arguments
and it makes the blusterers look a bit silly." --New York Post

"...wise, engagingly written, informative book." --Daily Mail

In this humorous, level-headed and insightful book, David Crystal argues
that the panic over texting is misplaced. Crystal, a world renowned
linguist, looks at every aspect 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.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Writing Systems
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199544905
ISBN-13: 9780199544905
Pages: 256
Prices: U.S. $ 19.95