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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.
And far from hindering children's literacy, texting turns out to help it.