Four English Vocabularies to Spell: Facing Spelling as Student and Teacher

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University Press of America, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 88 pages
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Four English Vocabularies to Spell, written in a clear, conversational style, posits that the English language has four distinct yet interconnected systems for spelling. The text borrows from the work of linguists Henry Lee Smith, Jr. and Henry J. Sustakoski, who first advanced a multiple-system approach with modern work in phonosymbolism. Author Melvin J. Hoffman proposes a new spelling pedagogy through the identification of the major characteristics and separate spelling strategies of each of the four spelling systems.
 

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Contents

SPELLING ME AND ORTHOGRAPY
1
PONDERING ENGLISH SPELLING
7
FOUR SYSTEMS
15
System III SpelltheCell
23
SYSTEM BUMPING INTO SYSTEM
35
PROBLEMS FROM FLAWED OR ABSENT EXPLANATIONS
47
CONCLUSION
63
BIBLIOGRAPHY
73
INDEX
79
BIOGRAPHY
89
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About the author (2004)

Melvin J. Hoffman is Professor of English at Buffalo State University College, New York. The author holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from State University of New York at Buffalo.

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