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Why is there an 'h' in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press and his Flemish employees are to blame: without a dictionary or style guide to hand in fifteenth century Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to their foreign cars, and it stuck. This book takes you on a journey through English spelling.…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Why is there an 'h' in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press and his Flemish employees are to blame: without a dictionary or style guide to hand in fifteenth century Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to their foreign cars, and it stuck. This book takes you on a journey through English spelling.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Profile Books
  • Main
  • Seitenzahl: 224
  • Erscheinungstermin: 19. September 2013
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 198mm x 128mm x 27mm
  • Gewicht: 274g
  • ISBN-13: 9781846685682
  • ISBN-10: 1846685680
  • Artikelnr.: 38158160
Autorenporträt
Crystal, David
David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bangor. His many books range from clinical linguistics to the liturgy and Shakespeare. He is the author of Making a Point, The Story of English in 100 Words and Spell It Out: The Singular History of English Spelling, both published by Profile. His Stories of English is a Penguin Classic.
Rezensionen
Entertaining ... Crystal's many examples show that the development of English spelling is as random, unsystematic and anomalous as the British constitution. English spelling is as rich a mixture of anachronism, privilege and fashion as the House of Lords Sunday Times