Spell It Out The Curious, Enthralling and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling

ISBN-10: 1250003474
ISBN-13: 9781250003478
Edition: 2013
Authors: David Crystal
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Description: The second book from David Crystal, the author of The Story of English in 100 Words.

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 6/18/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

The second book from David Crystal, the author of The Story of English in 100 Words.

David Crystalis a writer, lecturer, and broadcaster on language and linguistics.

Introduction
The nature of the problem
Pooh and his friends on spelling
The beginning
The size of the problem
Building the alphabet
Letter origins
The basic weaknesses
Hope for us all
Keeping things long
More than letters
Keeping things short
Spelling as tragedy
The first exceptions
Seeing the link
Forensic spelling
Know your Latin and French
Spelling as reputation
New letters for old
Old letters in new words
Tarzan learns to read
Old sounds in new positions
Spelling as stratagem
New sounds in old places
More exceptions
Avoiding the vulgar
Showing the difference
Charles Dickens and his characters reflect upon spelling
Noting the similarity
Silent letters
New sounds in old letters
A printer's practice
Mark Twain on spelling
The urge to reform
George Bernard Shaw on spelling
Remembering Latin
More etymologies
A word I always mispell
Famous spellings
Spelling 'rules'
Mrs Malaprop on reading and spelling
The role of personalities
Another personality
Printers and publishers
Spelling wars
Changing practices
Roger McGough on spelling
The Internet
Lower case only
Showing identity
Unpredictability
Ogden Nash on names
Exotic vowels
Disenvowelling
Exotic consonants
The spread of education
Spelling noises
Unspellable noises
Abbreviating
Learning the system
George Crabbe on learning
The future of English spelling
A teaching appendix
Avoiding isolation
Towards a linguistics of spelling
Further reading
Illustration credits
Index of words
General index

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