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Ch 9: Conventions of English Orthography

About This Chapter

This succinct chapter will teach you everything you need to know about the conventions of English orthography. Learn about all the different rules and variations for writing standard English.

Conventions of English Orthography - Chapter Summary

All advanced languages have established conventions for written communication. In this chapter, you can gain a comprehensive understanding of standard American English and its rules. Topics include:

  • Dialectical and regional variations of standard English
  • Spelling rules
  • Homonyms and homophones
  • Commonly confused words

This chapter's lessons are taught by subject-matter experts to help you receive a top-notch education. All our lessons use a self-paced learning methodology to make your study sessions more convenient. Complete the chapter's self-assessment exercises to determine how well you grasped the material studied.

6 Lessons in Chapter 9: Conventions of English Orthography
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Orthography in Linguistics: Definition & Examples

1. Orthography in Linguistics: Definition & Examples

There's a lot that goes into a language. In this lesson, we're going to explore written languages, see how they're different from spoken languages, and learn how orthographies are formed.

Standard American English: Usage & Language Conventions

2. Standard American English: Usage & Language Conventions

If you are learning English, it is useful to know what kind of English to focus on. After all, we speak differently than people in the United Kingdom. This lesson focuses on Standard American English, the most popular English in the U.S.

Regional & Dialectical Variations of Standard English

3. Regional & Dialectical Variations of Standard English

The English language is complex, with multiple regional and dialectical variations. In this lesson, we examine the different variations of the English language in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Overview of Standard English Spelling Rules

4. Overview of Standard English Spelling Rules

Spelling is an essential skill for students. This lesson will provide an overview of standard English spelling rules. We will end with a brief quiz to see what you have learned.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

5. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.

Commonly Confused Words in English

6. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

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