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The history of English spelling, by Christopher Upward and George Davidson

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The history of English spelling
Title
The history of English spelling
Statement of responsibility
by Christopher Upward and George Davidson
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Language
eng
Summary
Few languages are riddled with as many spelling inconsistencies and irregularities as English. Why is there such dissonance between the sounds of English and the spelling used to represent them? The answer lies in the history of the language itself. The History of English Spelling reveals the rich and complex history of Modern English spelling, tracing its origins and development from Old English up to the present day. The book provides a highly detailed, letter-by-letter analysis of the Old English basis of Modern English spelling, followed by in-depth coverage of the contributions from French, Latin, Greek, and the many other languages that have contributed to current orthography. Upward and Davidson also explore events in the socio-political history of England as an explanatory setting for developments in spelling, along with the works of a number of lexicographers (especially Johnson and Webster), and various proposals for spelling reform. The History of English Spelling reveals the richness of the complex and often frustrating alphabetic spelling system used in the English language
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Upward, Christopher
Dewey number
421.52
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Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Davidson, George
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The language library
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  • English language
  • English language
Label
The history of English spelling, by Christopher Upward and George Davidson
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Publication
Note
Formerly CIP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction and overview -- England and English from the Romans to the Vikings -- The Old English roots of modern English spelling -- The decline and revival of English in the Middle English period -- The Franco-Latin element -- Some sound and spelling developments in middle and modern English -- The Greek contribution -- The exotic input -- Reformers, lexicographers and the parting of the ways
Control code
000046715591
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
376 p.
Isbn
9781405190237
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
maps
Label
The history of English spelling, by Christopher Upward and George Davidson
Publication
Note
Formerly CIP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction and overview -- England and English from the Romans to the Vikings -- The Old English roots of modern English spelling -- The decline and revival of English in the Middle English period -- The Franco-Latin element -- Some sound and spelling developments in middle and modern English -- The Greek contribution -- The exotic input -- Reformers, lexicographers and the parting of the ways
Control code
000046715591
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
376 p.
Isbn
9781405190237
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
maps

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