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Txtng: The Gr8 Db8
Txtng: The Gr8 Db8
by David Crystal
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scientific, but not overly linguistic, 31 Dec 2009
This review is from: Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 (Hardcover)
David Crystal has once again put together one heck of a page-turner. His new book Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 touches upon nearly everything that has to do with texting. Some believe texting to be a threat to the English language. Here, Crystal pours oil on troubled waters as he argues that texting could even be advantageous the youth. He reasons that teenagers first have to understand language before they can start playing with it. He dwells on the peculiarities and the distinctiveness of texting, some reasons why people do it, and some thoughts on social groups. Moreover, he focuses on the content of text messages, and he also gives a brief overview on how texting works in other languages than English. While doing so, Crystal remains scientific as he draws his conclusions based on sheer facts, but he does go into too much linguistic detail.
In sum, Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 is an absolute must read for anyone who is interested in how the new media affects language.

Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Songs of Innocence and of Experience
by William Blake
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 6.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but too small, 15 Feb 2009
This is an excellent edition of William Blakes SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE. It features both a more legible text as well as the original paintings/drawings, in which the songs were published by the author. However, since the format of this book is only 15.8 x 10.6 cm the pictures of the original publication are very small, and the text on them can hardly be read. TOO BAD!

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