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The Resource Alphabetical : how every letter tells a story, Michael Rosen

Alphabetical : how every letter tells a story, Michael Rosen

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Alphabetical : how every letter tells a story
Title
Alphabetical
Title remainder
how every letter tells a story
Statement of responsibility
Michael Rosen
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"How on Earth did we fix upon our twenty-six letters, what do they really mean, and how did we come to write them down in the first place? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts. Starting with the mysterious Phoenicians and how sounds first came to be written down, he races on to show how nonsense poems work, pins down the strange story of OK, traces our five lost letters and tackles the tyranny of spelling, among many many other things. His heroes of the alphabet range from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall (the inventor of the A-Z), and from the two scribes of Beowulf to rappers. Each chapter takes on a different subject - whether it's codes, umlauts or the writing of dictionaries. Rosen's enthusiasm for letters positively leaps off the page, whether it's the story of his life told through the typewriters he's owned or a chapter on jokes written in a string of gags and word games. This is the book for anyone who's ever wondered why Hawaiian only has a thirteen-letter alphabet or how exactly to write down the sound of a wild raspberry"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rosen, Michael
Dewey number
421/.1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • charts
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Alphabet
  • Alphabet in literature
  • Writing
Label
Alphabetical : how every letter tells a story, Michael Rosen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 415-417) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 431 pages
Isbn
9781619024830
Lccn
2014035051
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn881665990
  • (OCoLC)881665990
Label
Alphabetical : how every letter tells a story, Michael Rosen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 415-417) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 431 pages
Isbn
9781619024830
Lccn
2014035051
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn881665990
  • (OCoLC)881665990

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