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A list of key readings about English spellings.
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  • Albrow, K. H. (1972). The English writing system: Notes towards a description. Schools Council Program in Linguistics and English Teaching, papers series 2 (No. 2). London: Longmans, for the Schools Council.
  • Aronoff, Mark. (1978). An English spelling convention. Linguistic Inquiry, 9, 299-303.
  • Bell, Masha (2004), Understanding English Spelling, Cambridge, Pegasus.
  • Bell, Masha (2007), Learning to Read, Cambridge, Pegasus.
  • Bell, Masha (2009), Rules and Exceptions of English Spelling, Cambridge, Pegasus.
  • Brengelman, Fred H. (1970). Sounds and letters in American English. In The English language: An introduction for teachers (pp. 77–98). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  • Brengelman, Fred H. (1970). Generative phonology and the teaching of spelling. English Journal, 59, 1113-1118.
  • Brengelman, Fred H. (1971). English spelling as a marker of register and style. English Studies, 52, 201-209.
  • Brengelman, Fred H. (1980). Orthoepists, printers, and the rationalization of English spelling. Journal of English and German Philology, 79, 332-354.
  • Carney, Edward. (1994). A survey of English spelling. London: Routledge.
  • Chomsky, Carol. (1970). Reading, writing and phonology. Harvard Educational Review, 40 (2), 287-309.
  • Chomsky, Noam; & Halle, Morris. (1968). The sound pattern of English. New York: Harper and Row. (Particularly pp. 46, 48-49, 69, 80n, 131n, 148, 174n, 221).
  • Cummings, D. W. (1988). American English spelling: An informal description. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press.
  • Derwing, Bruce; Priestly, Tom; Rochet, Bernard. (1987). The description of spelling-to-sound relationships in English, French and Russian: Progress, problems and prospects. In P. Luelsdorff (Ed.), Orthography and phonology. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Dixon, Robert. (1977). Morphographic spelling program. Eugene, OR: Engelman-Becker Press.
  • Emerson, Ralph. (1997). English spelling and its relation to sound. American Speech, 72 (3), 260-288.
  • Hanna, Paul; Hanna, Jean; Hodges, Richard; & Rudorf, Edwin. (1966). Phoneme-grapheme correspondences as cues to spelling improvement. Washington, D.C.: US Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
  • Jespersen, Otto. (1909). A modern English grammar on historical principles: Sounds and spellings (Part 1). Heidelberg: C. Winter.
  • Luelsdorff, Philip A. (1994). Developmental morphographemics II. In W. C. Watt (Ed.), Writing systems and cognition (pp. 141–182). Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • McCawley, James D. (1994). Some graphotactic constraints. In W. C. Watt (Ed.), Writing systems and cognition (pp. 115–127). Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Mencken, H. L. (1936). The American language: An inquiry into the development of English in the United States (4th ed.). New York: A.A. Knopf.
  • Rollings, Andrew G. (1998). Marking devices in the spelling of English. Atlantis, 20 (1), 129-143.
  • Rollings, Andrew G. (1999). Markers in English and other orthographies. In L. Iglesias Rábade & P. Nuñez Pertejo (Eds.), Estudios de lingüística contrastiva (pp. 441–449). Universidad de Santiago.
  • Rollings, Andrew G. (2003). System and chaos in English spelling: The case of the voiceless palato-alveolar fricative. English Language and Linguistics, 7 (2), 211-233.
  • Rollings, Andrew G. (2004). The spelling patterns of English. LINCOM studies in English linguistics (04). Muenchen: LINCOM EUROPA.
  • Sampson, Geoffrey. (1985). Writing systems: A linguistic introduction. London: Hutchinson.
  • Seymour, P. H. K.; Aro, M.; & Erskine, J. M. (2003). Foundation literacy acquisition in European orthographies. British Journal of Psychology, 94 (2), 143-174.
  • Simpson, J. A.; & Weiner, E. S. C. (Eds.). (1989). Oxford English dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • Steinberg, Danny. (1973). Phonology, reading and Chomsky and Halle's optimal orthography. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 2 (3), 239-258.
  • Stubbs, Michael. (1980). Language and literacy: The sociolinguistics of reading and writing. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.
  • Venezky, Richard L. (1967). English orthography: Its graphical structure and its relation to sound. Reading Research Quarterly, 2, 75-105.
  • Venezky, Richard L. (1970). The structure of English orthography. The Hague: Mouton.
  • Venezky, Richard L. (1976). Notes on the history of English spelling. Visible Language, 10, 351-365.
  • Venezky, Richard L. (1999). The American way of spelling. New York: Guildford Press.
  • Weir, Ruth H. (1967). Some thoughts on spelling. In W. M Austin (Ed.), Papers in linguistics in honor of Leon Dostert (pp. 169–177). Janua Linguarum, Series Major (No. 25). The Hague: Mouton.


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