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Books: Writing Systems, English: Rollings

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Message 1: The Spelling Patterns of English: Rollings

Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2003 16:45:02 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: The Spelling Patterns of English: Rollings

Title: The Spelling Patterns of English
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in English Linguistics 04
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH,		 
Author: Andrew G. Rollings, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela 

Paperback: ISBN: 3895867586, Pages: 260, Price: EUR 60

Here at last is a book which describes and explains in great detail
how English spelling works. It is therefore a must for anyone wishing
to understand better the apparently chaotic orthographic system. It
will be of special interest for linguists, language and literacy
teachers, and designers of EFL textbooks and materials - and indeed
everyone who is or aims to be a literate English-speaker. An earlier,
unpublished version of this work has been described by Vivian Cook (in
Inside Language) as "a useful and novel approach to spelling".

The author looks for regularities and shows the system to be neither
totally chaotic nor simple, but basically systematic despite its
complexity. He relates spelling to the phonology, and shows the
importance of syllable division in spellings of vowels, which are
classified following orthographic criteria. Further topics discussed
include morphemic alternation, underlying forms, marking devices,
graphotactic constraints and etymological factors.

Principles underlying the orthography are postulated and illustrated
in Part One. In Part Two, partly inspired by generative linguistics,
spelling patterns are described and formalised into various types of
rules. An Appendix lists and exemplifies all spellings of each sound.

Lingfield(s):	Writing Systems

Subject Language(s): English (Language Code: ENG)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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