A history of English spelling

A history of English spelling

by D. G. Scragg


View All Available Formats & Editions
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Want it by Thursday, October 18  Order now and choose Expedited Shipping during checkout.


A history of English spelling by D. G. Scragg

This book provides an outline history of English spelling from the Anglo-Saxon' 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719006395
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 125
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

D.G. Scragg is Professor of Anglo-Saxon Studies at the University of Manchester.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations


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


Word index

Subject index

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews