How Do Children Learn to Spell? - Page 2 - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
Reply
 
Thread Tools
#31 of 32 Old 06-09-2013, 09:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
Emaye's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: between beauty and beast
Posts: 623
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SweetSilver View Post

I borrowed a stack of books from the library about the history of spelling and some of English.  The first I'm reading is "Righting the Mother Tongue" by David Wolman.  Here's a footnoted quote:

 

"Before the late Middle English period, receive, for example, can be found as receve, rassaif, recyve, receyf, and in no less than forty other iterations.  People can be found as peple, pepel, pepulle...... etc."

 

All this was complicated by the scribes, still influenced by French letters and sounds, so English words such as cwen became queen, cwic became quick, cwellan became quell, scip became ship.

 

What a mess!  And a powerful argument for "invented spelling", even though your son isn't buying it--nearly every scribe was reinventing the spelling of a word every time he wrote it.  I still haven't stumbled on why the hell people ended up spelled that way.  Unfortunately for your son, English spelling, even though standardized, is still rather arbitrary, the settled spelling simply agreed upon at some point.  It is a fascinating history, and one that will at least put his struggles into perspective.

 

Whoa! I am gonna try to get my hands on that book!  Thanks for sharing :)

Emaye is offline  
#32 of 32 Old 06-10-2013, 10:05 AM
 
SweetSilver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Westfarthing
Posts: 5,179
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 76 Post(s)

There are many others.  This one focusses on historical attempts to correct the English language's horrific spelling.  The first half, origins, is covered well by other books, but I like that this book is not bogged down with specific words, as much as I love that, too.  It's a nice overview, but now we are getting to more modern attempts to overhaul spelling, I am less interested.  Still, I like that he uses phrases like "not drinking that Kool-Aid" for someone like Samuel Johnson and "the Big Kahuna" for Noah Webster (or some ancient people, anyway).  It strikes my funny bone because I like to be surprised by non-sequiters cleverly placed.

 

Anyhow, I'm eagerly reading footnotes and taking note of other authors that might flesh out the older story more.

Emaye likes this.

"Let me see you stripped down to the bone. Let me hear you speaking just for me."
SweetSilver is offline  
Reply

Tags
Homeschooling , Education , Learning Resources

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off