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American English Spelling

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Author: D. W. Cummings
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801834431
Size: 31.96 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Business & Economics
Languages : en
Pages : 555
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Book Description: In this study of the English language as it is spelled in America, D. W. Cummings demonstrates that behind the apparent disorder of spelling in American English lies a self-regulating and self-reorganizing system that is responsive to four kinds of imperative: phonetic, semantic, etymological, and systemic. Cummings offers a systematic theory of orthography and applies this theory to the American English vocabulary with numerous examples. Cummings also describes the explication of written words into their elements, particles, and processes, and he sets out the tactical and procedural rules that control the distribution and sequencing of vowels and consonants. In the largest section of the book, he provides an exhaustive description of the major and minor correspondences between the sounds of American English words and their spellings. An essential reference work, American English Spelling moves beyond questions of how words are spelled to an understanding of why they are spelled as they are.


Handbook Of American English Spelling

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Author: Lee C. Deighton
Publisher: Harcourt
ISBN: 9780156386722
Size: 69.60 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 260
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The American Way Of Spelling

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Author: Richard L. Venezky
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 9781572304697
Size: 53.15 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 288
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Book Description: Can ghoti really be pronounced fish? Why is "o" short in glove and love, but long in rove and cove? Why do English words carry such extra baggage as the silent "b" in doubt, the silent "k" in knee, and the silent "n" in autumn? And why do names like Phabulous Phoods and Hi-Ener-G stand out? Addressing these and many other questions about letters and the sounds they make, this engaging volume provides a comprehensive analysis of American English spelling and pronunciation. Venezky illuminates the fully functional system underlying what can at times be a bewildering array of exceptions, focusing on the basic units that serve to signal word form or pronunciation, where these units can occur within words, and how they relate to sound. Also examined are how our current spelling system has developed, efforts to reform it, and ways that spelling rules or patterns are violated in commercial usage. From one of the world's foremost orthographic authorities, the book affords new insight into the teaching of reading and the acquisition and processing of spelling sound relationships.


Teaching American English Pronunciation Oxford Handbooks For Language Teachers

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Author: Susan Ehrlich
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0194342689
Size: 17.61 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Study Aids
Languages : en
Pages : 270
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Book Description: As an ESL teacher, have you looked at the phonetics textbooks on the market and decided that they don't directly address your needs? Unlike pronunciation books aimed at students of linguistics or at learners of English, Teaching American English Pronunciation has been written specifically for ESL teachers. It doesn't only give academic descriptions, but also helps you to improve your students' pronunciation effectively.


Ntc S Dictionary Of American English Pronunciation

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Author: Bernard Silverstein
Publisher: National Textbook Company Trade
ISBN: 9780844207261
Size: 48.88 MB
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Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 326
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Book Description: Reviews the sounds and pronunciation rules of the English language, and lists correct pronunciations for more than twenty-two thousand words


The American Spelling Book

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Author: Noah Webster
Publisher:
ISBN:
Size: 61.28 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Children
Languages : en
Pages : 168
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The Cambridge History Of The English Language

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Author: Richard M. Hogg
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521264792
Size: 46.60 MB
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Category : English language
Languages : en
Pages : 500
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Book Description: Volume 1, Beginnings to 1066: This volume deals with the history of English up to the Norman Conquest and contains chapters on Indo-European and Germanic, phonology and morphology, syntax, semantics and vocabulary, dialectology, onomastics, and literary language. Each chapter, as well as giving a chronologically-oriented presentation of the data, surveys scholarship in the area and takes full account of the impact of developing and current linguistic theory on the interpretation of the data. The chapters have been written with both specialists and non-specialists in mind.


Spotlight On Standard American English And Standard British English

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Author: Thomas Schachtebeck
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3640804090
Size: 32.44 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Foreign Language Study
Languages : en
Pages : 13
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Book Description: Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English - Grammar, Style, Working Technique, grade: 1,3, Free University of Berlin (Fachbereich Englisch), course: Sociolinguistics and Varieties of English II , language: English, abstract: Throughout the 20th century, Standard British English (hereafter BrE) and Standard American English (hereafter AmE) made up the two ‘reference varieties’ of the English language. Even today - in the 21st century – BrE and AmE represent “a large proportion of all native speakers of English (83 per cent)” [Svartvik & Leech 2006: 150] in the world. The reason why these two varieties have aquired such a prestigious position among many other varieties of English is that in Great Britain and in the United States - two of the most influential nations of the 20th century in terms of political power and economical strength – “English has been institutionalised longer than anywhere else” [Cheshire 1991: 13]. Consequently, BrE and AmE “provided the chief native-speaker models which non-native speaking teachers of English” [Svartvik & Leech 2006: 150] aim to instil. Although both ‘reference varieties’ of English seem to be very much the same at first sight, “British and American English undoubtedly are different, and Englishmen and Americans undoubtedly know it.” [Partridge & Clark 1951: 308]. Closer investigations reveal that AmE is different from BrE at levels of phonetics, phonology, grammar, lexis and spelling. Whereas the fields of pronunciation and lexis definitely share the most prominent and numerous differences between AmE and BrE, the field of spelling shows only a couple of minor differences. Today, the vast majority of English lexis is spelled the same in AmE and BrE. However - to a certain extent - there are some characteristic spelling differences between AmE and BrE which many learners of English are not well familiar with. In the following, this paper concentrates on pointing out the major differences in spelling between contemporary AmE and BrE since this linguistic field of interest is very strongly related to the different historical and political developments America and Great Britain went through. Therefore, this paper will first work out some historical reasons for the development of spelling differences between the two ‘reference varieties’ and highlight America’s most influential attempts to standardise American spelling. Afterwards, it will give a detailed overview about the most prominent and common spelling differences between AmE and BrE by categorising them into three major groups and providing a couple of examples for each group, and finally, this paper will briefly reflect on the situation of AmE and BrE in the world today.


American And British English

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Author: Paul Baker
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107088860
Size: 71.32 MB
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Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 276
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Book Description: Is British English becoming more like American English? Paul Baker tracks the changes, trends and distinctions of both languages to answer this question.


Divided By A Common Language

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Author: Christopher Davies
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547350287
Size: 51.50 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : Reference
Languages : en
Pages : 256
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Book Description: This guide to the language differences between the United States and United Kingdom is “a fascinating collection full of all kinds of surprises” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Taxi rank . . . toad in the hole . . . dustman . . . fancy dress . . . American visitors to London (or viewers of British TV shows) might be confused by these terms. But most Britons would be equally puzzled by words like caboose, bleachers, and busboy. In Divided by a Common Language, Christopher Davies explains these expressions and discusses the many differences in pronunciation, spelling, and vocabulary between British and American English. He compares the customs, manners, and practical details of daily life in the United Kingdom and the United States, and American readers will enjoy his account of American culture as seen through an Englishman’s eyes. Davies tops it off with an amusing list of expressions that sound innocent enough in one country but make quite the opposite impression in the other. Two large glossaries help travelers translate from one variety of English to the other, and additional lists explain the distinctive words of Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. This delightful book is the ideal companion for travelers—or anyone who enjoys the many nuances of language.