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Txtng (2008) is a bold endorsement of texting as an effective and creative – and even poetic – form of communication. These blinks offer a look at how the unique language of text messaging came to life and why critics of texting’s inventive shorthand need to calm down, stop worrying and learn to love the SMS.

  • Avid texters who are proud of the creative language they use
  • Emoticon lovers who want to get more creative with their smileys
  • Linguists who are confused about the language of texting

David Crystal is a linguistics professor based at Bangor University. He specializes in Shakespearean studies as well as the history and development of the English language. In addition to numerous articles about language, he is also the author of Just a Phrase I’m Going Through and The Fight for English.

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