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Spell it out : the singular story of English spelling

Author: David Crystal
Publisher: London : Profile Books, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is an enlightening tour of English spelling that untangles 'stationery' from 'stationary' - and explains why the 'i before e except after c' rule is so misleading. 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 the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Crystal
ISBN: 9781846685675 1846685672
OCLC Number: 794816511
Description: vii, 328 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Contents note continued: 22. More etymologies --
A word I always mispell --
23. Famous spellings --
24. Spelling `rules' --
Mrs Malaprop on reading and spelling --
25. The role of personalities --
26. Another personality --
27. Printers and publishers --
Spelling wars --
28. Changing practices --
Roger McGough on spelling --
29. The Internet --
Lower case only --
30. Showing identity --
31. Unpredictability --
Ogden Nash on names --
32. Exotic vowels --
Disenvowelling --
33. Exotic consonants --
The spread of education --
34. Spelling noises --
Unspellable noises --
35. Abbreviating --
36. Learning the system --
George Crabbe on learning --
37. The future of English spelling --
A teaching appendix --
I. Avoiding isolation --
II. Towards a linguistics of spelling.
Responsibility: David Crystal.

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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  Read more...

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