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ERIC Number: ED083606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Variant Spellings in Modern American Dictionaries.
Emery, Donald W.
A record of how present-day desk dictionaries are recognizing the existence of variant or secondary spellings for many common English words, this reference list can be used by teachers of English and authors of spelling lists. Originally published in 1958, this revised edition uses two dictionaries not in existence then and the revised editions of three of the dictionaries originally used. The desk dictionaries examined include "The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language,""Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary,""Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language,""The Random House College Dictionary,"and "Standard College Dictionary." The list includes fairly common words--assumed to be in the active vocabulary of most adults--which are offered as variants by the dictionaries and which could lead to questions in the mind of the student or teacher concerning the propriety of and authority for certain spellings. Excluded are variants for highly technical terms, geographical proper nouns, unusual foreign terms, and rarely used words. Similarly, space is not given to most paired words which are names for essentially the same things or concepts, but which have taken on distinct identities. (HOD)
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Road, Urbana, Ill. 61801 (Stock No. 51703, $3.30 non-member, $3.00 member)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Council of Teachers of English.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.