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The Resource Alphabetical : how every letter tells a story, Michael Rosen

Alphabetical : how every letter tells a story, Michael Rosen

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Alphabetical : how every letter tells a story
Title
Alphabetical
Title remainder
how every letter tells a story
Statement of responsibility
Michael Rosen
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Language
eng
Summary
From minding your Ps and Qs to wondering why X should mark the spot, Alphabetical is a book for everyone who loves words and language. Whether it's how letters are arranged on keyboards or Viking runes, textspeak or zip codes, this book will change the way you think about letters for ever
Summary
"How on Earth did we fix upon our twenty-six letters, what do they really mean, and how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts. Starting with the mysterious Phoenicians and how sounds first came to be written down, he races on to show how nonsense poems work, pins down the strange story of OK, traces our five lost letters and tackles the tyranny of spelling, among many many other things. His heroes of the alphabet range from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall (the inventor of the A-Z), and from the two scribes of Beowulf to rappers. Each chapter takes on a different subject - whether it's codes, umlauts or the writing of dictionaries. Rosen's enthusiasm for letters positively leaps off the page, whether it's the story of his life told through the typewriters he's owned or a chapter on jokes written in a string of gags and word games. This is the book for anyone who's ever wondered why Hawaiian only has a thirteen-letter alphabet or how exactly to write down the sound of a wild raspberry"--
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10401058
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1946-
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Rosen, Michael
Dewey number
411
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Language and languages
  • Alphabet
Target audience
adult
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how every letter tells a story
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Alphabetical : how every letter tells a story, Michael Rosen
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volume
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text
Control code
000052244439
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 431 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781848548862
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Label
Alphabetical : how every letter tells a story, Michael Rosen
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000052244439
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 431 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781848548862
Isbn Type
(hardback)

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