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A Survey of English Spelling - Edward Carney

A Survey of English Spelling

Hardcover Published: 6th January 1994
ISBN: 9780415092708
Number Of Pages: 564

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Published at a time when literacy and spelling are issues of topical concern, "A Survey of English Spelling" offers an authoritative and up-to-date overview of this crucial but often neglected area of the English language.
The text brings together a vast body of knowledge, both synthesized from diverse sources and original, unpublished research. The emphasis is on a functional exploration of the spelling regularities and markers that underpin literacy in English.
There are four main sections:
o A critical survey of the methods and problems involved in describing the regularities of English spelling, including the influence of dialect and the classification of spelling errors.
o An analysis of speech-to-text correspondences, phoneme by phoneme.
o An analysis of text-to-speech correspondences, viewed as a set of rules.
o A full treatment of homographs and homophones (including affixes), a detailed account of the spelling conventions found in names, and a description and critique of the main proposals for the reform of English spelling.
An extensive database has been used throughout to provide a wealth of examples, statistics and analyses. "A Survey of English Spelling" is an invaluable reference book for students, professionals, teachers and academics in all areas of English Language, Linguistics and Speech Pathology. The carefully signposted text and detailed contents listing allow the reader pursuing a specialist interest to access specific information with ease.

Conventions, Symbols and Technical Terms
Alternative Approaches to Describing English Spellingp. 1
A philological approachp. 1
A functional approachp. 3
Literacy and English Spelling: Methods and Problemsp. 5
Writing without speechp. 5
Linking speech to writing: sounds and lettersp. 6
Divergencep. 15
Lexical spellingp. 18
Readingp. 26
Finding correspondencesp. 32
Accent and Dialect: Literacy is Harder for Somep. 52
Rules and Errorsp. 66
Spelling Subsystems and Literacyp. 96
Speech-to-Text Correspondences: Encodingp. 104
A corpus-based studyp. 104
General Factors in Speech-to-Text Rulesp. 112
Speech-to-text correspondences phoneme by phonemep. 134
Text-to-Speech Correspondences: Decodingp. 256
Scale and complexity in text-to-speech spelling rulesp. 256
General Factors in Text-to-Speech Rulesp. 267
Text-to-Speech Spelling Rulesp. 280
Identical Forms: Homographs and Homophonesp. 395
Homographs and homophonesp. 395
Types of homographp. 401
Types of homophonep. 401
New words from variant spellingsp. 407
Homophonous affixesp. 417
Conventions Used in the Spelling of Namesp. 443
The spelling of namesp. 443
Manipulated spellings in trade-namesp. 446
Variants and totemsp. 448
Paddingp. 454
Variability in vowel correspondencesp. 458
Stress placement and vowel reductionp. 464
Variability in consonant correspondencesp. 465
Standardization and Spelling Reformp. 467
Sixteenth and seventeenth century standardizationsp. 467
Etymology: familiarity and respectabilityp. 468
Spelling reform in Britain and the USAp. 473
Referencesp. 489
General Indexp. 494
Selective Word Indexp. 512
Index of Spelling Correspondencesp. 522
Index of Initial and Final Letter Strings in Wordsp. 527
Index of Spelling Errors and Re-Spellingsp. 530
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415092708
ISBN-10: 0415092701
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 564
Published: 6th January 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 1.02
Edition Number: 1

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