English Spelling (Language Workbooks) by Edward Carney

By Edward Carney

English Spelling explores the principles and conventions on which present-day English spelling is based.This Language Workbook:* Examines how speech-sounds map onto one another* Explores the level to which phrases sound exact or glance exact* Analyzes different types of spelling blunders* seems on the major changes among American and British spelling* exhibits how and why the names of individuals and locations might fluctuate from anticipated spelling conventions* offers with the punctuation of phrases by way of apostrophes, hyphens and capitalisation* Considers a number of attainable ways to spelling reform

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3 There are exceptions to only having <-able> after a free form. Some words, like accessible, have <-ible> after a free form instead. These tend to have a final /d/, /t/ or /s/ and occasionally /n/ before the suffix. Suggest some examples. The choice between <-able> and <-ible> is often a matter of controversy. Some words, such as tenable, have come into English by way of French, where many Latin forms have been standardised on <-able>. While English has responsible, French has responsable.

The more closely one looks at rule (1), the more peculiar it seems. It helps to decide between in believe, etc. and in deceive, etc. These and spellings of are a visual switching round (metathesis) of each other. The rule does not, however, apply to phonemes other than . Although seize , seizure are exceptions to the rule, heifer with /e/≡ or rein, vein with have nothing to do with it. The letters are not a usual spelling of the phoneme /e/ (in spite of friend) or of . The variable pair either and neither, which usually have .

Neither are homophones in Scottish English or in AmE, where they are differentiated by the presence or absence of /r/ and of /h/. 4 Word forms with final /s/ or /z/ as a plural or a verb ending frequently form homophones with words in which the /s/ or /z/ is not a suffix, as, for instance, bays—baize. Find such a homophone for each of the following words. Some words will not provide examples in all accents. 5 Forms with final /t/ or /d/ as the past-tense ending also form homophones with words in which the /t/ or /d/ is not a suffix, as, for instance, allowed—aloud .

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