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Title: Spelling and Society
Subtitle: The Culture and Politics of Orthography Around the World
Written By: Mark Sebba

Spelling matters to people. In America and Britain every day, members of
the public write to the media on spelling issues, and take part in spelling
contests. In Germany, a reform of the spelling system has provoked a
constitutional crisis; in Galicia, a 'war of orthographies' parallels an
intense public debate on national identity; on walls, bridges and trains
globally, PUNX and ANARKISTS proclaim their identities orthographically.
The way we spell often represents an attempt to associate with, or
dissociate from, other languages. In Spelling and Society, Mark Sebba
explores why matters of orthography are of real concern to so many groups,
as a reflection of culture, history and social practices, and as a powerful
symbol of national or local identity. The book will be welcomed by students
and researchers in English language, orthography and sociolinguistics, and
by anyone interested in the importance of spelling in contemporary society.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Writing Systems

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521848458
ISBN-13: 9780521848459
Pages: 210
Prices: U.S. $ 91.00