A Survey of English Spelling

  • Filename: a-survey-of-english-spelling.
  • ISBN: 9781134872237
  • Release Date: 2012-08-21
  • Number of pages: 564
  • Author: Edward Carney
  • Publisher: Routledge



Published at a time when literacy and spelling are issues of topical concern, A Survey of English Spelling offers an authoritative, comprehensive, and up-to-date overview of this important but hitherto neglected area of the English language. The text brings together a vast body of knowledge, both synthesised from diverse sources and original, unpublished research. The emphasis is on a functional exploration of the spelling regularities and markers that underpin literacy in English. An extensive database has been used throughout to provide a wealth of examples, statistics and analyses. The carefully signposted text and detailed contents listing allow students, professionals, teachers and academics in all areas of English Language, Linguistics and Speech Pathology to access specific information with ease.

American English Spelling

  • Filename: american-english-spelling.
  • ISBN: 0801834430
  • Release Date: 1988-05-01
  • Number of pages: 555
  • Author: D. W. Cummings
  • Publisher: JHU Press



In this study of the English language as it is spelled in America, D. W. Cummings demonstrates that behind the apparent disorder of spelling in American English lies a self-regulating and self-reorganizing system that is responsive to four kinds of imperative: phonetic, semantic, etymological, and systemic. Cummings offers a systematic theory of orthography and applies this theory to the American English vocabulary with numerous examples. Cummings also describes the explication of written words into their elements, particles, and processes, and he sets out the tactical and procedural rules that control the distribution and sequencing of vowels and consonants. In the largest section of the book, he provides an exhaustive description of the major and minor correspondences between the sounds of American English words and their spellings. An essential reference work, American English Spelling moves beyond questions of how words are spelled to an understanding of why they are spelled as they are.

The History of English Spelling

  • Filename: the-history-of-english-spelling.
  • ISBN: 9781444342970
  • Release Date: 2011-09-15
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Christopher Upward
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



The History of English Spelling reveals the history of Modern English spelling, tracing its origins and development from Old English up to the present day. Includes a wealth of information and data on English spelling not available anywhere else Features a complementary website with additional material at www.historyofenglishspelling.info Includes detailed coverage of the contributions from French, Latin, Greek - and the many other languages - to our current orthography Serves as a companion volume to Geoffrey Hughes's A History of English Words in the same series

English Spelling

  • Filename: english-spelling.
  • ISBN: 9781134719921
  • Release Date: 2008-02-20
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Author: Edward Carney
  • Publisher: Routledge



English Spelling explores the rules and conventions on which present-day English spelling is based. This Language Workbook: * Examines how speech-sounds map onto each other * Explores the extent to which words sound identical or look identical * Analyzes various kinds of spelling mistakes * Looks at the main differences between American and British spelling * Shows how and why the names of people and places may vary from expected spelling conventions * Deals with the punctuation of words by apostrophes, hyphens and capitalisation * Considers several possible approaches to spelling reform

Spell It Out

  • Filename: spell-it-out.
  • ISBN: 9781847658227
  • Release Date: 2012-09-06
  • Number of pages: 254
  • Author: David Crystal
  • Publisher: Profile Books



Why is there an 'h' in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press and his Flemish employees are to blame: without a dictionary or style guide to hand in fifteenth century Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to their foreign ears, and it stuck. Seventy-five per cent of English spelling is regular but twenty-five per cent is complicated, and in Spell It Out our foremost linguistics expert David Crystal extends a helping hand to the confused and curious alike. He unearths the stories behind the rogue words that confound us, and explains why these peculiarities entered the mainstream, in an epic journey taking in sixth century monks, French and Latin upstarts, the Industrial Revolution and the internet. By learning the history and the principles, Crystal shows how the spellings that break all the rules become easier to get right.

Spelling for Life

  • Filename: spelling-for-life.
  • ISBN: 9781134671465
  • Release Date: 2013-10-23
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: Lyn Stone
  • Publisher: Routledge



"There is a common misconception in educational circles that spelling and mathematics are opposites. A familiar cry of the struggling speller, "I can't spell because I have a maths brain."Actually spelling is mathematical. Spelling is the manipulation of symbols according to agreed-upon patterns that produce predictable results. Spelling errors also fall into sets of predictable patterns. Success in spelling is not a product of intelligence. Many people struggle to spell due to coping strategies developed in place of explicit instruction. Often students who can read and express themselves competently nevertheless find spelling difficult. False assumptions about spelling, such as believing the English language is complex and/or irregular, damage confidence and lead to reluctance to even attempt to spell correctly. In Spelling For Life, teachers and studentslearn what the common spelling coping strategies aregain insights into undoing poor spelling habitswork together to notice patterns not only in regular spelling, but also in words which on the surface seem to break the spelling rulespractise successful spelling strategies, progressing from simple to complex words rapidly and with confidence. Aided by scripts, progressive assessments, unique tools and extensive practice lists, this highly acclaimed overview of spelling succeeds in developing critical thinking and confidence when reading and spelling. It can be used in conjunction with any established phonics program."--

A Survey of Modern English

  • Filename: a-survey-of-modern-english.
  • ISBN: 9781134420452
  • Release Date: 2004-02-24
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Stephan Gramley
  • Publisher: Routledge



Fully revised and updated, the second edition of this authoritative guide is a comprehensive, scholarly and systematic review of modern English. In one volume the book presents a description of both the linguistic structure of present-day English and its geographical, social, gender, and ethnic variations. Covering new developments such as the impact of email on language and corpus-based grammars, this accessible text has been extensively rewritten and brings the survey of modern English right up to date. It also offers new examples and suggestions for further reading.

Domesday England

  • Filename: domesday-england.
  • ISBN: 0521310261
  • Release Date: 1986-08-07
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: H. C. Darby
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Domesday Book is the most famous English public record, and it is probably the most remarkable statistical document in the history of Europe. It calls itself merely a descriptio and it acquired its name in the following century because its authority seemed comparable to that of the Book by which one day all will be judged (Revelation 20:12). It is not surprising that so many scholars have felt its fascination, and have discussed again and again what it says about economic, social and legal matters. But it also tells us much about the countryside of the eleventh century, and the present volume is the seventh of a series concerned with this geographical information. As the final volume, it seeks to sum up the main features of the Domesday geography of England as a whole, and to reconstruct, as far as the materials allow, the scene which King William's clerks saw as they made their great inquest.

Advances in English Historical Linguistics 1996

  • Filename: advances-in-english-historical-linguistics-1996.
  • ISBN: 3110161516
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Number of pages: 489
  • Author: Jacek Fisiak
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter



This volume contains 28 papers from the 9th International Conference in English Historical Linguistics, which took place in Poznan, Poland, in August 1996. The contributions cover all aspects of the history of the English language, including: phonology; morphology; syntax; and lexicon.

The Handbook of Historical Sociolinguistics

  • Filename: the-handbook-of-historical-sociolinguistics.
  • ISBN: 9781118257265
  • Release Date: 2012-02-15
  • Number of pages: 704
  • Author: Juan Manuel Hern├índez-Campoy
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons



Written by an international team of leading scholars, this groundbreaking reference work explores the nature of language change and diffusion, and paves the way for future research in this rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field. Features 35 newly-written essays from internationally acclaimed experts that reflect the growth and vitality of the burgeoning area of historical sociolinguistics Examines how sociolinguistic theoretical models, methods, findings, and expertise can be used to reconstruct a language's past in order to explain linguistic changes and developments Bridges the gap between the past and the present in linguistic studies Structured thematically into sections exploring: origins and theoretical assumptions; methods for the sociolinguistic study of the history of languages; linguistic and extra-linguistic variables; historical dialectology, language contact and diffusion; and attitudes to language

An Introduction to English Grammar

  • Filename: an-introduction-to-english-grammar.
  • ISBN: 9781317863960
  • Release Date: 2013-11-04
  • Number of pages: 292
  • Author: Gerald C. Nelson
  • Publisher: Routledge



English Language and its usage has become extremely emotive issues in recent years. Recurring discussions in the media have highlighted a growing demand for a return to the study of language after decades of neglect. This book is an introductory descriptive survey, intended for students, teachers and general readers which offers coverage of grammatical topics with sections on spelling, punctuation and exercises. Clear and concise, this much needed third edition of Gerald Nelson and the late Sidney Greenbaum's introduction will be of immense value to students who have little or no experience of studying English grammar.

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