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Former lecturer’s book now published

A book started by Christopher Upward, a former Aston University lecturer, has now been completed and published.

The book - The History of English Spelling - is the result of Christopher’s research of the Old English, Franco-Latin and Greek elements in present-day English which he started in 1987. Some time after her husband’s death in 2002, Christopher's wife Janet commissioned George Davidson (writer and lexicographer) to edit and complete her husband’s work and to see it through to publication. The book was published earlier this month.

The History of English Spelling reveals the history of Modern English spelling, tracing its origins and development from Old English up to the present day. The book includes a wealth of information and data on English spelling not available anywhere else and features a complementary website with additional material (www.historyofenglishspelling.info).

Christopher graduated from Cambridge University in 1961 and taught German at Aston from 1970 until he retired in 1995. He developed an interest in English spelling and this became his life’s work. He was a member of spelling committee, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Simplified Spelling Society, Editor of The Oxford Companion to the English Language and wrote many papers on English spelling and spelling reform.

Janet has arranged a lunchtime reception on Friday 14 October in the Cadbury Room (NX16, 10th floor of the North Wing) and anyone who remembers Christopher from his time at Aston, or who has an interest in English spelling, is invited to the launch. The editor and co-author of the book George Davidson will be at the celebration and copies of the book will be available for purchase.  

The book is now available for sale on the Wiley Knowledge website.

Words Simi Adesina and Louise Russell

27 September 2011

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