Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1913. 8vo. 76 pp. Second edition. With 1 folding plate. Original brown paper boards, slightly worn and soiled, title in gilt to top cover and spine; top edges gilt, uncut. Item #12030
Second edition of Bridges’ delightful treatise on the degraded state of English language phonetics, where he presents his scheme for a “literary phonetic alphabet.” Chapter titles include Degradation of unaccented vowels; Is there a remedy?; and Phonetic decay. The first edition was printed only three months prior to the second; a note on page 4 of the text states that Bridges “thought it best to alter only a few places that needlessly offended. . .”.