- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (January 21, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801879566
- ISBN-13: 978-0801879562
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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American English Spelling: An Informal Description
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"One needs to be reminded that English orthography does, in the main, make sense; there is an underlying structure to which most words adhere. In American English Spelling, D. W. Cummings updates Jespersen and other grammarians, elucidating the rules of English orthography in meticulous detail . . . It can be browsed with much profit, or used as a reference to answer specific questions."
About the Author
D. W. Cummings is emeritus professor of English at Central Washington University. He can be contacted through his website, www.dwcummings.com.
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The entire book is focussed on two things: historical processes involved; phoneme-to-grapheme (sound to spelling) correspondences. If you are looking for spelling to sound (grapheme-to-phoneme) correspondences, try Edward Carney's "A Survey of English spelling"