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Spell It Out

The Singular Story of English Spelling

Why is there an 'h' in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press and his Flemish employees are to blame: without a dictionary or style guide to hand in fifteenth century Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to their foreign cars, and it stuck. This book takes you on a journey through English spelling.

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David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has written many books and articles in fields ranging from forensic linguistics and ELT to the liturgy and Shakespeare. He is the author of The Story of English in 100 Words [9781846684272], published by Profile, and his Stories of English is a Penguin Classic.

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"'Entertaining... Crystal's many examples show that the development of English spelling is as random, unsystematic and anomalous as the British constitution. English spelling is as rich a mixture of anachronism, privilege and fashion as the House of Lords' (Sundary Times) 'A prolific author...he can write with authority on trends in the spelling of rhubarb and indeed on the history of the spelling of any tricky word you care to mention. For him, the patterns are clear... highly entertaining.' (Observer) 'Spectacular' (Readers Digest) 'A prolific author...highly entertaining to read' (Observer)"
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 336
Erscheinungsdatum 19.09.2013
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-84668-568-2
Verlag Profile Books
Maße (L/B/H) 19,8/12,8/2,7 cm
Gewicht 272 g
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Buch (Taschenbuch, Englisch)
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