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Spelling is mentioned in the news articles somewhere in the world every few days. The News pages aim to capture these articles as a matter of record and of interest.

Elizabeth Kuizenga

Elizabeth Kuizenga, a long standing member of the Society and of its Committee, died on Christmas Day 2016 after a long battle with cancer. We offer our sincere condolences to all her family. This page is devoted to her memory and in recognition of her major contribution to the cause of spelling reform.

Recent additions

These are usually the newest items by publication date, but items of historic interest are occasionally added.

2019-06-14 — Simple spelling may be more relevant than ever Noah Webster’s spelling reforms turned “centre” into “center” and “labour” into “labor”. Some people are pushing for wider adoption of simpler versions of English spellings. More ►

2019-06-14 — Language-savvy parents improve their children's reading development, study shows The researchers found that adults with higher reading-related knowledge are likelier to provide positive feedback, which helps the learning process. More ►

2019-06-11 — Minority Kids’ Spelling Bee Dominance Proves Racism Is Far Less Important Than Work Ethic South Asian-Americans' spelling bee achievement exemplifies our country's strengths. We are a meritocratic society where all people can be successful if they put their minds to it. More ►

2019-06-11 — Americans and Brits Have Been Fighting Over the English Language for Centuries. Here’s How It Started More ►

2019-06-06 — How I Taught My Kid to Read Children can learn quickly by sounding out words, letter by letter—but somehow, the method is still controversial.More ►

2019-06-05 — Etymology gleanings for May 2019: Part 2 Spelling bee and the shame of the sun: some thoughts on animated spellcheckers. More ►

2019-06-05 — In the future, will the English language be full of accented characters? More ►

2019-06-02 — What is the Middle Voice? More ►

Press releases

See press releases previously issued by the Society.

How to use the News archives

Articles are presented as year archives of summaries, in reverse chronological order (ie latest first). Each summary ends with a citation which links to the original full article. Links to the year archives are given below. The number in parentheses is the summary count for that archive.

You can also use a citation to link directly to a specific summary in a year archive. For example, the following link takes you directly to Readable English system a boost for foreign students and opens it in a new window:

http://spellingsociety.org/news-archive-2016#[The_Australian, 2016-03-19]

Note that articles dated before 2010 are bundled into one page, and links must be modified accordingly.

The Society cannot guarantee that the original articles are still available. Some articles are behind pay walls or are available only by subscripton. The Society is not responsible for this and cannot help you if you have difficulty accessing the article. Dead links are another matter: please report any dead links to the page editor.

To suggest an article for inclusion, send its URL to the page editor. It will be included if it is judged suitable. Submissions are not acknowledged unless you specifically request it — but they are appreciated!

Page editor: N Paterson. Contact by email or form.

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