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A Bibliography of Literary Theory, Criticism and Philology


by José Ángel García Landa

(University of Zaragoza, Spain)

English spelling and orthography

Early works


Carney, Edward. English Spelling. (Language Workbooks). London: Routledge, 1997.

Peck, John, and Martin Coyle. The Student's Guide to Writing: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. Houndmills: Macmillan, 1999.

Scragg, D. G. A History of English Spelling. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1974.

Vallins, G. H. Spelling. 1954. (The Language Library). London: André Deutsch, 1965.

Early works
The Art of Spelling. By "J. P." 1688.

Bullokar, William. Booke at Large for the Amendment of Orthographie for English Speech. 1581.

Broune, Rich. The English Examiner; or Spelling Book. 1692.

Chalmer, John. English Orthography. 1685.

Coles, C. The compleat English Schoolmaster, or the Natural and Easy Method of Spelling According to the Present Proper Language in Oxford and London. 1674.

The Compleat Englishman. Anonymous, signed T.D. 1685 .

Cummings, Donald W. American English Spelling. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1988.

English Orthography. Anonymous. 1670.

Friendly Advice to the Correctour of the English Press at Oxford Concerning the English Orthography. Anonymous. 1662. Rpt. 1682.

A Guide to True Spelling. Anonymous. 1697.

Hart, John. Orthographie of English. 1568.

_____. A Methode or Comfortable Beginning for All Vnlearned. 1570.

Instructions for Right Spelling and Plain Directions for Reading and Writing True English. Anonymous. 1673.

Johnson, Ralph. Short Rules for Orthography. 1663.

_____. The Scholar Guide. 1665.

Keach, Benjamin. Instructions for Youth. Rpt. 1693. (Spelling).

Osborne, Thomas. The Ground of Reading, Writing and Pronouncing of the English Tongue. 1694.

Preston, Henry. Brief Directions for True Spelling. 1674. 1675.

Price, Owen. The Vocal Organ or a New Art of Teaching the English Orthography. 1665.

_____. English Orthography. 1668. Rev. 1670.

Ray, John. An Account of Some Errors and Defects in our English Alphabet, Orthography, and Manners of Spelling. 2nd ed. 1591.

Scoffin, William. A Help to True Spelling and Reading. 1690.

Smith, Thomas. Dialogue Concerning the Correct and Emended Writing of the English Language. 1568.

A Spelling Book for Children, after a New and More Accurate Method. 1684.

Swift, Jonathan. A Proposal for Correcting, Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue. Printed for Benj. Tooke, London, 1712.

Tryon, Thomas. Fisher's New Spelling Book. 1700.

Urmston, John. The London Spelling Book. 1700. Rpt. 12 times to 1702.

Webster, Noah. American Spelling Book. 1783. 1784. 1785.

_____. "An Essay on the Necessity, Advantages and Practicability of Reforming the Mode of Spelling, and of Rendering the Orthography of Words Correspondent to the Pronunciation." Selection. In English: History, Diversity and Change. Ed. David Graddol, Dick Leith and Joan Swann. London: Routledge / Open UP, 1996.*

Young, E. The Compleat English Scholar in Spelling, Reading and Writing. 1675. (14 eds. to 1701).

Abercrombie, David. "Extending the Roman Alphabet: Some Orthographic Experiments of the Past Four Centuries." Selection. In English: History, Diversity and Change. Ed. David Graddol, Dick Leith and Joan Swann. London: Routledge / Open UP, 1996.*

Chomsky, Carol. "Invented Spelling in the Open Classroom." Word 27.1-2-3 (April-Aug.-Dec. 1971). Special issue: Child Language-1975. International Linguistic Association, 1976. 499-518.*

Doval, Susana. "The English Spelling Reform in the Light of the Works of Richard Mulcaster and John Hart." SEDERI VII. Ed. S. G. Fernández-Corugedo et al. Coruña: SEDERI, 1996. 115-26.*

García Landa, José Angel. "TNN: Texto Nred Norreglamentado." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 19 Dec. 2007.



Graddol, David. "English Manuscripts: The Emergence of a Visual Identity." In English: History, Diversity and Change. Ed. David Graddol, Dick Leith and Joan Swann. London: Routledge / Open UP, 1996. 41-94.*

Kress, Gunther. Early Spelling: From Convention to Creativity. London: Routledge, 1999.

Murillo López, Ignacio. "La importancia del aprendizaje de la correcta asociación regla-grafía ambigua en la lectura de palabras regulares de la lengua inglesa." In Proceedings of the 29th AEDEAN Conference: Universidad de Jaén 15 al 20 diciembre 2005. CD-ROM. Ed. Alejandro Alcaraz Sintes et al. Jaén: AEDEAN / Servicio de Publicaciones U de Jaén, 2006.

Rollings, Andrew. "Silent Letters Explained." In XVIII Congreso de AEDEAN (Alcalá de Henares, 15-17 diciembre 1994). Ed. Ricardo J. Sola, Luis A. Lázaro and José A. Gurpegui. Alcalá: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Alcalá, 1997. 191-98.*

_____. "Marking Devices in the Spelling of English." Atlantis 20.1 (1998 [issued Dec. 1999]): 129-43.*

Salmon, Vivian. "Orthography and Punctuation." In The Cambridge History of the English Language, Volume 3: 1476-1776. Ed. Roger Lass. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000.

Shortis, Tim. "Revoicing Txt: spelling, Vernacular Orthography and 'Unregimented Writing'." In The Texture of Internet: Netlinguistics in Progress. Ed. Santiago Posteguillo, María José Esteve and M. Lluïsa Gea-Valor. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007. 2-23.*

Visser, Margaret. "English Spelling; or Would You Like to Be Phtheighchound for a Ghoti?" In Visser, The Way We Are. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1997. 82-86.*


Manser, Martin. The Macmillan Dictionary of English Spelling. Basingstoke: Macmillan.
See also Writing (English).

Societies and institutions

Simplified Spelling Board. (USA, 1906-c. 1931). UK too.

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