The Handbook of the English Writing System provides a comprehensive account of the English writing system, both in its current iteration and highlighting the developing trends that will influence its future.
Twenty-nine chapters written by specialists from around the world cover core linguistic and psychological aspects, and also include areas from other disciplines such as typography and computer-mediated communication.
Divided into five parts, the volume encompasses a wide range of approaches and addresses issues in the following areas:
theory and the English writing system, discussing the effects of etymology and phonology;
the history of the English writing system from its earliest development, including spelling, pronunciation and typography;
the acquisition and teaching of writing, with discussions of literacy issues and dyslexia; English writing in use around the world, both in the UK and America, and also across Europe and Japan;
computer-mediated communication and developments in writing online and on social media.
The Handbook of the English Writing System is essential reading for researchers and postgraduate students working in this area.
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