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The Routledge Handbook of the English Writing System

Edited by: Vivian Cook , Des Ryan

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415715973
eBook ISBN: 9781315670003
Adobe ISBN: 9781317365815

10.4324/9781315670003
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Book description

The Routledge Handbook of the English Writing System provides a comprehensive account of the English writing system, both in its current iteration and highlighting the developing trends that will influence its future. Twenty-nine chapters written by specialists from around the world cover core linguistic and psychological aspects, and also include areas from other disciplines such as typography and computer-mediated communication.

Divided into five parts, the volume encompasses a wide range of approaches and addresses issues in the following areas:

  • theory and the English writing system, discussing the effects of etymology and phonology;
  • the history of the English writing system from its earliest development, including spelling, pronunciation and typography;
  • the acquisition and teaching of writing, with discussions of literacy issues and dyslexia;
  • English writing in use around the world, both in the UK and America, and also across Europe and Japan; 
  • computer-mediated communication and developments in writing online and on social media.

The Routledge Handbook of the English Writing System is essential reading for researchers and postgraduate students working in this area.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Background to the English writing system Download PDF
Chapter  3:  English among the writing systems of the world  Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Linguists’ descriptions of the English writing system  Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Phonology and English spelling Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Punctuation Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The etymological inputs into English spelling Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Changing functions Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Modernization and standardization since the seventeenth century Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Spelling variation as documented in historical dictionaries Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Accent variation reflected in the standard writing system of English Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Children’s first language acquisition of the English writing system Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Teaching literacy to English children Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Dyslexia and the English writing system Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The structure of literacy teaching Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Sociolinguistics and the English writing system Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The evolution of British and American spelling Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The spelling of Scots Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Irish English and the English writing system Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Eye dialect and pronunciation respelling in the USA Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The orthography of English-lexicon pidgins and creoles Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The English writing system in the linguistic landscapes of the world Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Japanese uses of the English writing system Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Spelling reform Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Typography and the printed English text Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Processing the Written Word Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Computer-mediated communication and the English writing system Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Texting and other messaging Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Spellcheckers Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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