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The History of English Spelling : The Language Library - Christopher Upward

The History of English Spelling

The Language Library

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<i>The History of English Spelling</i> reveals the history of Modern English spelling, tracing its origins and development from Old English up to the present day.</p> <ul> <li>Includes a wealth of information and data on English spelling not available anywhere else</li> <li>Features a complementary website with additional material&nbsp;at <a href="//www.historyofenglishspelling.info/">www.historyofenglishspelling.info</a></li> <li>Includes detailed coverage of the contributions from French, Latin, Greek - and the many other languages - to our current orthography</li> <li>Serves as a companion volume to Geoffrey Hughes's <i>A History of English Words</i> in the same series</li> </ul>

?Summing Up:  Highly recommended.  All readers.?  (Choice, 1 October 2012)

List of Figures and Tables viii

Preface ix

Abbreviations and Symbols xi

Language Periods Referred to in the Text xiv

1 Introduction and Overview 1

2 England and English from the Romans to the Vikings 14

3 The Old English Roots of Modern English Spelling 33

4 The Decline and Revival of English in the Middle English Period 65

5 The Franco-Latin Element 86

6 Some Sound and Spelling Developments in Middle and Modern English 173

7 The Greek Contribution 194

8 The Exotic Input 228

9 Reformers, Lexicographers and the Parting of the Ways 293

Glossary of Technical Terms 315

Bibliography 320

Language and Dialect Index 324

Word and Word-Element Index 328

General Index 373

ISBN: 9781405190244
ISBN-10: 1405190248
Series: The Language Library
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 26th August 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.38 x 16.18  x 3.57
Edition Number: 1