LINGUIST List 23.549

Thu Feb 02 2012

Books: Sociolinguistics/Writing Systems: Sebba

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Date: 02-Feb-2012
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Spelling and Society: Sebba
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Title: Spelling and Society Subtitle: The Culture and Politics of Orthography around the World Published: 2012 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Mark Sebba Paperback: ISBN: 9780521300759 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 25.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521300759 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 45.00

Spelling matters to people. In America and Britain every day, members of thepublic write to the media on spelling issues, and take part in spellingcontests. In Germany, a reform of the spelling system has provoked aconstitutional crisis; in Galicia, a 'war of orthographies' parallels an intensepublic debate on national identity; on walls, bridges and trains globally, 'Punx'and 'Anarkists' proclaim their identities orthographically. The way we spelloften represents an attempt to associate with, or dissociate from, otherlanguages. In Spelling and Society, Mark Sebba explores why matters oforthography 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 localidentity. This 2007 book will be welcomed by students and researchers inEnglish language, orthography and sociolinguistics, and by anyone interestedin the importance of spelling in contemporary society.

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

Introduction: society and orthography; 1. Approaching orthography; 2.Orthography as social practice; 3. Language contact, linguists and theemergence of orthographies; 4. 'Postcolonial' orthographies; 5. Betweenlanguage and dialect: orthography in unstandardised and standardisingvernaculars; 6. Reform or revolution: where angels fear to tread; 7. Why do wespell?

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics                             Writing Systems
Written In: English (eng)

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