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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846685672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846685675
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,082,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Annie Martirosyan on December 12, 2012
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When Professor David Crystal's new book "Spell It Out: the Singular Story of English Spelling" came out on 6 September 2012, a few weeks later it was a bestseller on Amazon, ahead of the erotic trilogy "The Fifty Shades of Grey". Cooking. Spelling. Sex. That was the order. English spelling sexier than sex! Could it have ever occurred to the Anglo-Saxon bards that we would come to this?

"Spell It Out" is more than a reader-friendly, comprehensible and comprehensive story of the history and evolvement of English spelling - Professor Crystal gives practical advice in Teaching Appendix as well as throughout the book. Memorising random lists of difficult words is not the solution as practice over ages has shown. The author believes and demonstrates that we need a linguistic take on getting to know the system which is not as bizarre and unassailable as popularly condemned; explaining is key, so is acquainting children with basic etymology at an early age. Professor Crystal is brilliantly convincing: "The story of the English writing system is so intriguing, and the histories behind individual words so fascinating, that anyone who dares to treat spelling as an adventure will find the journey rewarding."

In "Spell It Out", the many shades of English spelling are accurately examined, exposed, and entertainingly explained. And who but David Crystal could make English spelling more appealing and seductive a subject than "the office between the sheets"!

How many stars for this book? As many as there are spelling rules (and exceptions) in English!

For my full review see HuffPost UK Culture blog.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By adrienne molyneux on January 13, 2013
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A really interesting and entertaining book - gives one insight into the origins of the weird and wonderful versions of words in the English language; the historical research is comprehensive and fascinating. A must-read for all lovers of the language and how it got to what it is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary DeForest on January 8, 2013
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This book describes the methods of various interesting people who tried to fit all the sounds of English into 26 letters. It is filled with entertaining anecdotes and illuminating insights. Anyone who loves the English language should buy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jomilson on April 17, 2013
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It's a really good help for students who like to know and find out more about words in English language
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lydia Clancy on January 5, 2013
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Very interesting. Well researched and detailed. I am sure anyone teaching English or English as a second language will find it useful.
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More About the Author

David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has written or edited over 100 books and published numerous articles for scholarly, professional, and general readerships, in fields ranging from forensic linguistics and ELT to the liturgy and Shakespeare. His many books include Words, Words, Words (OUP 2006) and The Fight for English (OUP 2006).

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