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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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

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. This 2007 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.

Review of the hardback: 'Mark Sebba goes beyond a description of the
culture and the politics of orthography around the globe…such a
'sociolinguistics of orthography' has been missing from the literature'

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Review: Read the review
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Writing Systems
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521300759
Prices: U.S. $ 45.00
U.K. £ 25.99