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Where can I find a complete list of spelling changes proposed by Noah Webster?

Asked by La_chica_gomela (12557points) August 3rd, 2008

I’ve found plenty of sites with a few examples, but I’m looking for a complete list.

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janbb's avatar

This book should have what you are looking for:

Micklethwait, David. Noah Webster and the American Dictionary. McFarland: Jefferson, NC. 2000.

Since it is a recent book, it should be fairly widely available. However, if you can’t get it at your library, they should be able to get it for you on Interlibary Loan.

I found it in the online catalogue of my college library which is a community college.

Hope this helps.

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awesome! thanks!

Harp's avatar

From what I can find, his proposals changed quite a bit over time. Some changes that he advocated earlier on in his career were abandoned by the time his dictionary was published.

This chapter from “The American Language” by H.L. Mencken is an excellent account of the gist and evolution of Webster’s spelling reforms, and Mencken also compiled this list of American spelling changes which, although not explicitly attributed to Webster, are clearly in keeping with his proposals.

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