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Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story… (edició 2008)

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"A funny and fact-filled look at our astoundingly inconsistent written language, from Shakespeare to spell-check." --St. Petersburg Times   David Wolman explores seven hundred years of trial, error, and reform that have made the history of English spelling a jumbled and fascinating mess. In Righting the Mother Tongue, the author of A Left-Hand Turn Around the World brings us the tangled story of English Spelling, from Olde English to email. Utterly captivating, deliciously edifying, and extremely witty, Righting the Mother Tongue is a treat for the language lover--a book that belongs in every personal library, right next to Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, and the works of Bill Bryson and Simon Winchester.… (més)
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Títol:Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling
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Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling de David Wolman

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This book was somewhat disappointing. It started out okay and then fizzled. It never gave me quite the information that I was hoping for. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | Dec 31, 2015 |
This is a great little book about English spelling, how it got so weird and what people think of it. Wolman presents an easily digestible look at the path written English has taken to arrive at its current state. It's certainly not comprehensive and the linguistics stay pretty light, but I think it's just right for the layperson. Even more praise worthy is his handling of the subject of spelling reform. Both historical and contemporary movements are discussed and Wolman covers all sorts of angles. Good cases are made on both sides and I am pleased to report that the book gives a nuanced and fair look at a complicated and often controversial subject. Wolman's apparent stance at the end gives an optimistic nod to future linguistic developments in a manner I hadn't considered before but find fascinating. ( )
  fundevogel | Jan 4, 2015 |
Well, Christmas present-getters can't be choosers. Surprisingly and disappointingly dull, for a word fancier. Pretty badly written too. Favorite factoid: "olde" is actually a 19th marketing invention, the word was never spelled that way in Old (or Middle) English. ( )
  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
The book necessarily starts in Olde Englande because that's where our modern English spellings don't start from, that comes next, but was the foundation of the language. It is therefore very jarring to have the author intersperse this history of orthography with modern American cultural references, 'they didn't drink the Kool-Aid', a long chapter on Spelling Bees (did any of the popular kids in school actually go in for that, or was it reserved for teacher's best little kiddies?) and slang, 'cool' for one. A history of spelling should become a reference book, it's certainly exhausive enough, but the effect of the writing is, despite the widespread use of English and its common roots, to parochialise it to the US and also, which is worse, to date the book immediately.

Two reviewers of this book call it a 'linguistic romp'. I like my linguistics to be serious, and my 'romps' (what a word, very tabloid, so National Enquirer or Daily Mirror) to be a great deal more entertaining than this. However, the book is informative and serious at times and if two such words could go together, tediously entertaining in part.

Recommended to fans and partipants of Spelling Bees who will find themselves utterly glorified The rest of us - a dictionary is vastly more interesting.

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  Petra.Xs | Apr 2, 2013 |
Why is English spelling so bizarre? Here are some of the answers. Also, lots about various efforts to simplify out spelling and why they fail. Informative and enjoyable. ( )
  gbelik | Mar 23, 2012 |
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"A funny and fact-filled look at our astoundingly inconsistent written language, from Shakespeare to spell-check." --St. Petersburg Times   David Wolman explores seven hundred years of trial, error, and reform that have made the history of English spelling a jumbled and fascinating mess. In Righting the Mother Tongue, the author of A Left-Hand Turn Around the World brings us the tangled story of English Spelling, from Olde English to email. Utterly captivating, deliciously edifying, and extremely witty, Righting the Mother Tongue is a treat for the language lover--a book that belongs in every personal library, right next to Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, and the works of Bill Bryson and Simon Winchester.

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