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Title: Do British and American Spellings Matter?: A Futuristic Construct
Authors: Kongsuwannakul, Kunlaphak
First Published: 2011
Publisher: Common Ground Publishing
Citation: The International Journal of the Humanities, 2011, 9 (2), pp. 185-201
Abstract: This study aims to discuss general issues related to the difference in spelling between British and American English. It makes use of a small-scale survey of 160 university students in Northern Thailand as an initial source of orthographic variation existing in a new generation. Then, the discussion focuses on wider implications of spelling differences and plausible impacts on digitized texts, Internet search engines, social networks, publications and advertisements, and educational administration and curriculum design. Even though the two ways of spelling seem to simply represent two major mainstream English varieties in the world, i.e., those of the United Kingdom and the United States of America, the impacts in the long run can be claimed as far-reaching since they involve national pride and identity, a situation where one nation suppresses the other.
ISSN: 1447-9508
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the author, 2011. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. Permission to reproduce this article must be requested from the publisher.
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