Readership: General readers with an interest in the origins of English spelling, its history and debates concerning reform and standardisation. A level and undergraduate students of English Language.
Simon Horobin, Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford
Simon Horobin is Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College. He has written extensively on the history of the English Language and is the author of An Introduction to Middle English and Chaucer's Language.
"... you're keen to explore the history of English spelling in greater depth? Plunge into this book, then! The Index is divided into two types: word and subject. This helps the book become a handdy reference source after first reading. Highly recommended." - Catherine Petherick, SfEP Magazine
"[A] lucid and fascinating study." - Patrick West, Times Literary Supplement
"This book is a sane, comprehensive and authoritative lesson in why we spell the way we do and why, in order to preserve the richness, subtlety and history of our language, it is right that we keep doing so." - Simon Heffer, New Statesman
"There's plenty of interesting information here ... Horobin is a sane,
sensible guide" - Henry Hitchings, The Guardian
2: Writing Systems
4: Invasion and Revision
5: Renaissance and Reford
6: Fixing Spelling
7: American Spelling
8: Spelling Today and Tomorrow