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English Words and their Spelling: A History of Phonological Conflicts

English Words and their Spelling: A History of Phonological Conflicts

Elaine Miles

ISBN: 978-1-861-56489-4

Jun 2005

142 pages

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This book is an essential resource for those who wish to fully understand the infinite variety of words in the English Language. Taking the reader on an historical journey to the origin of the language, the book tells how conquests of our island, both military and cultural, have shaped the words that we use today.

Teachers will benefit from the colourful examples of the various distinctive characteristics of each language group described. A photocopiable appendix gives a useful list of prefixes and roots used in scientific words, which will be enlightening for students of all abilities.

Those working with dyslexic pupils will find this part of the book particularly helpful. The book concludes by discussing the benefits and drawbacks brought about by our rich legacy of vocabulary.

Foreword by David Crystal.


Chapter 1. The Indo-European family of languages.

Chapter 2. The Celts.

Chapter 3. Roman Britain.

Chapter 4. The arrival of Germanic peoples.

Chapter 5. How the English language came to be written.

Chapter 6. Our heritage from Old English.

Chapter 7. That fateful arrow.

Chapter 8. A double whammy.

Chapter 9. The scientific revolution.

Chapter 10. Exploration, trade, conquest and globalization.


References and bibliography.