A history of English spelling

D.G. Scragg

This book provides an outline history of English spelling from the Anglo-Saxons' adoption of the Roman alphabet to the present day. It shows the respective influences on modern usage of native French and Latin orthographies and attempts a definition of the manner in which spelling stabilised. A final chapter traces changing notions of correctness in spelling during the last four centuries, and also gives a summary of the principle movements for its reform in favour of a more consistent and phonetic system of notion. Students in higher education specialising in English or linguistics and also those studying other languages at an advanced level should find this a useful book. The general reader with an interest in the history of his language or the question of spelling will find it most readable.

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  • List of illustrations Acknowledgments Abbreviations and signs Phonetic symbols 1. The foundation 2. The collapse of the standard 3. The French invasion 4. Renaissance and re-formation 5. The power of the press 6. Sound spelling Bibliography Word index Subject index

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書名 A history of English spelling
著作者等 Scragg, D. G.
出版元 Manchester University Press
刊行年月 2011, c1974
ページ数 x, 130 p., 5 p. of plates
大きさ 22 cm
ISBN 9780719006395
NCID BB07909923
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス