The American Way of Spelling: The Structure and Origins of American English Orthography
This book covers a broad range of topics, from the historical origins of the 26 letters to the regularities and irregularities of spelling in food and drink words, and ending with the rules of spelling.
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A CELEBRATION OF VARIATION
THE SOUND SYSTEM
THE WRITING SYSTEM
ORIGINS AND EVOLUTIONS
16th century alternate American English articulation Chapter checked vowel compound consonant clusters consonant unit corresponds derived dictionaries digraph double English orthography English period English spelling English words etymology example exceptions final clusters final consonant final position forms free vowels French borrowings fricative functional unit geminate consonants graphemic Greek Hebrew homophones initial clusters irregular language Latin letter-sound linguists major mapped marker marks medial position Middle English morpheme morphophonemic names nasal nouns number of words occurs Old English palatal phonemic phonology plural primary vowel spellings pronounced pronunciation pseudowords reading regular relational units represented respelled Roman alphabet rules schwa scribal scribes semivowel sequence silent letters Simplified Spelling single single-letter small number sound changes speech spelling change spelling reform spelling-to-sound suffixes syllable tion unstressed variant velar verb voiced voiceless vowel patterns Vowel Shift vowel unit Webster words e.g.