The American Way of Spelling
The Structure and Origins of American English Orthography
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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Table of Contents
1. Overview, 2. A Celebration of Variation, 3. Creative Spellings, 4. The Sound System, 5. The Writing System, 6. Origins and Evolutions, 7. Discovering Regularity, 8. Consonant Patterns, 9. Vowel Patterns, 10. Morphophonemics, 11. Spelling Reform, 12. Teaching Phonics, Glossary
Few writers on educational topics can resist the temptation to admonish and advise, especially when the topic is reading. 'What is' tends to take second place to 'what ought to be' in the eyes of such critics. Venezky's thorough and engaging analysis of how spelling patterns relate to spoken language and to reading manages to escape this temptation, providing a basis for clear thinking about the issues.
- David R. Olson, PhD, University of Toronto
Spoken language, move over--writing has earned equal presence. This inspiring work makes transparent the hidden structure of written language. Venezky's measured guidance on reading instruction and the nurturing of the child's engagement with the written word is most timely. Language scholars, teachers, and anyone who appreciates the written word will covet this book.
- Dominic W. Massaro, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz