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Antwort von ulicorn am 2007-08-18 15:40:06
Die Großschreibung des "I" hängt schlicht mit seiner Lesbarkeit in Texten zusammen. Als einzelner Buchstabe könnte ein kleines "i" einfach untergehen. In "The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology" wird erklärt, dass sich "I" aus der altenglischen Form "ic" entwickelt habe, welche noch nicht groß geschrieben wurde. Das "I" im modernen Englisch und in Mittelenglisch hat sich aus dem früheren "i" in einer hervorgehobenen Position entwickelt. Durch die Großschreibung wurde das "I" zum deutlich erkennbare Wort, wodurch Lesefehler in Handschriften vermieden wurden. In den nördlichen und und binnenländischen englischen Dialekten tauchte das groß geschriebene "I" um 1250 auf. Im Süden Englands entwickelte sich das alte "ic" in der Aussprache zunächst zum "ich" (und wurde dann wohl auch so geschrieben). Die Form "I" gehörte dort erst ab 1700 zum allgemeinen Gebrauch.
Why is English spelling so difficult?
Many languages don't have a word for "spell". In Spanish and Italian, for example, it is almost a meaningless concept, because the way words are written corresponds exactly to the way they sound. English is different. A single sound may take a dozen or more forms when written down. The short "i" in fish can be represented by every other English vowel (orange, pretty, women, business), and it doesn't stop there – think of myth, sieve, and marriage, to name just a few.
It's this mismatch between what we say and how the words are written that makes spelling in English such a challenge. There have been many (unsuccessful) attempts to regularize English spelling, and for over a hundred years, advocates of reform have claimed, jokingly, that you could spell "fish" with the (non-existent) word "ghoti". (The "gh-" is like the "f" sound at the end of "enough", the "-o-" is like the sound in "women", and the "-ti" is the "sh" sound you find in words like "ration" or "motion".) But language is rarely random, and although our spelling system looks chaotic, there are regular patterns lurking under the surface. Understanding these "rules" can help you become a more confident speller.
A bit of history
The "Oxford Comma", "Harvard Comma", or "Serial Comma"
That’s the comma that sometimes appears just before the coordinating conjunction (normally "and" or "or") near the end of a list of three or more items. There’s one in the title of this post. It became known as the "Oxford Comma" because “for a century it has been part of "Oxford University Press" style to retain or impose this last comma consistently”.
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This is an enlightening tour of English spelling that untangles "stationery" from "stationary" - and explains why the "i before e except after c" rule is so misleading. Why is there an "h" in "ghost"? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press and his Flemish employees are to blame: without a dictionary or style guide to hand in fifteenth century Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to the foreign ears, and it stuck. Seventy-five per cent of English spelling is regular but twenty-five per cent is complicated, and in "Spell It Out", our foremost linguistics expert David Crystal extends a helping hand to the confused and curious alike. He unearths the stories behind the rogue words that confound us, and explains why these peculiarities entered the mainstream, in an epic journey taking in sixth century monks, French and Latin upstarts, the Industrial Revolution and the internet. By learning the history and the principles, Crystal shows how the spellings that break all the rules become easier to get right.
Über den Autor
David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has written many books and articles in fields ranging from forensic linguistics and ELT to the liturgy and Shakespeare. He is the author of "The Story of English in 100 Words" , published by Profile, and "How Language Works".
Spell It Out: The Many Shades of English Spelling
When Professor David Crystal's new book "Spell It Out: the Singular Story of English Spelling" came out on 6 September 2012, a few weeks later it was a bestseller on Amazon, ahead of the erotic trilogy "The Fifty Shades of Grey". Cooking. Spelling. Sex. That was the order. English spelling sexier than sex! Could it have ever occurred to the Anglo-Saxon bards that we would come to this?
The discrepancy between English spelling and pronunciation is so eye-popping for learners of English that they oft toss in the sponge in despair.
In the most recent of his many sexy books - "Spell It Out: the Singular Story of English Spelling", Professor David Crystal starts the story from the early times when the Christian missionaries in late 6th century faced the need to suit the Roman alphabet of 23 letters to a language which had at least 37 phonemes. Their decisions were clever as well as random.
As the language was evolving into its Chaucerian form, words were losing their endings, relations between them now expressed through word order. Spelling too, naturally, was affected. There was a huge amount of variation and the busy scribes did not always appreciate the rich array of English dialects and accents reflected in the many spellings. "Night", Professor Crystal writes, according to the OED, had over 60 spelling variants by the 13th century, and he goes on to illustrate them all.
The need for a standard spelling was first sensed when William Caxton introduced printing in England in 1476. Though, Professor Crystal mentions, publishing helped to fix spellings as much as added to the fancifulness, due to the foreign tastes of Caxton's Dutch type-setters.
By Shakespeare's time, spelling was still relaxed (take the name "Shakespeare"!). Indeed, variation was ripe even by the 18th century when a word like "music" would have over 40 variant spellings, Professor Crystal highlights.
Dr. Johnson was the top authority (and he, too, had preferences) in establishing standards - so was Webster across the pond.
The brave new world of the Internet has added a new dimension to English orthography. Professor Crystal positively dwells on this and the creative, ludic potential of text-messaging.
... explaining is key, so is acquainting children with basic etymology at an early age. Professor Crystal is brilliantly convincing: "The story of the English writing system is so intriguing, and the histories behind individual words so fascinating, that anyone who dares to treat spelling as an adventure will find the journey rewarding."
In "Spell It Out", the many shades of English spelling are accurately examined, exposed, and entertainingly explained. And who but David Crystal could make English spelling more appealing and seductive a subject than "the office between the sheets"!