Introduction: society and orthography; 1. Approaching orthography; 2. Orthography as social practice; 3. Language contact, linguists and the emergence of orthographies; 4. 'Postcolonial' orthographies; 5. Between language and dialect: orthography in unstandardised and standardising vernaculars; 6. Reform or revolution: where angels fear to tread; 7. Why do we spell?
2007 text discussing the cultural and political importance of spelling in modern society from a sociolinguistic viewpoint.
Review of the hardback: 'Mark Sebba goes beyond a description of
the culture and the politics of orthography around the globe ...
such a 'sociolinguistics of orthography' has been missing from the
'Spelling and Society is a well written, researched, and structured book, with each chapter partitioned into reasonably-sized, subtitled sections, making for an enjoyable read.' Lionel Mathieu, Linguist List