The American Way of Spelling: The Structure and Origins of American English Orthography

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Guilford Press, Jul 23, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
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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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Contents

OVERVIEW
3
A CELEBRATION OF VARIATION
16
CREATIVE SPELLINGS
34
THE SOUND SYSTEM
51
THE WRITING SYSTEM
73
ORIGINS AND EVOLUTIONS
95
DISCOVERING REGULARITY
125
CONSONANT PATTERNS
143
MORPHOPHONEMICS
197
SPELLING REFORM
210
TEACHING PHONICS
230
GLOSSARY
247
REFERENCES
253
WORD INDEX
262
INDEX
279
Copyright

VOWEL PATTERNS
172

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About the author (1999)

Richard L. Venezky is the Unidel Professor of Educational Studies at the University of Delaware, where he holds joint appointments in linguistics and computer and information sciences. In addition to his academic position, he works with the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC, and directs an educational technology project for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. He lives in Newark, Delaware, and in Sag Harbor, New York, with his wife, Councilwoman Karen G. Venezky.

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