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Newsletter Winter 1982 part 4.

Items of Interest.

Following the August Committee meeting attended by the President of the Society, the Times Educational Supplement published an interview with him on the subject of spelling reform.

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This year the government has spent £l.2 million to promote Information Technology Year 1982 - but nothing on its Achilles heel.

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[See items about dyslexia.]

Dyslexia week
"Dyslexia - who pays?" has been chosen as the theme by the Dyslexia Institute for this, their second annual week, which runs until Sunday.

It is estimated that Dyslexia, a disorder of learning to read, write and speak, affects 4 per cent of the population at all levels of intelligence and causes untold unnecessary suffering and misunderstanding.

Highlights of the week include:
• The launch of a nation-wide bursary fund to help dyslexic sufferers.

Efforts still continue to change the children who suffer most from Fnglish spelling, in order to avoid changing the problem.

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Research at the University of Aberdeen is finding that literate adults can adapt within minutes to spelling stripped of its surplus letters, and can even read faster than normal speed, while remedial pupils and poor undergraduate readers can improve comprehension. This type of research refutes beliefs that eny spelling change would handicap literat adults for years.

News from the States.

[See items about BEtSS, by Citron, about Asimov, by Downing.]

"Better Education thru Simplified Spelling, Inc." is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 by American business executives, educators and other professionals to promote the step-by-step use of simplified spelling. The Executiv Director is Dr. Abraham F. Citron, and the international advisory board includes Isaac Asimov, the writer and futurist, Dr. John Downing, Senator Hayakawa, and Kenneth Woodward of Newsweek. Its work has featured in a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal, and in other American periodicals. They make 12 recommendations, starting with 'Drop useless Es' including the two immediat recommendations of the Simplified Spelling Society for spelling short e and f simply with e and f.

American contributions are tax-deductible.

News from Canada.

[See items by Ken Tillema.]

Speling Magazin is published by "Orthografi", Chatham, Ontario, Canada, publisher Ken Tillema, Editor Carol Vanderheide. Mr Tillema is an activist who keeps the subject of spelling reform well in the public eye.

Girl crying because all her spellings are wrong.

Proceedings of the Simplified Spelling Society Conference, Edinburgh 1981,

Contents of Part 3 in the Winter issue of Spelling Progress Bulletin, now available.

Dr Neville Brown on semantic aspects of spelling reform.

C. J. H. Jolly, marketing manager, on commercial and marketing considerations when developing orthografic reform.

Harvie Barnard on the inevitability of change and plans for implementation of reform.

Valerie Yule on developing reform by research.

George O'Halloran looks around the world at possible roads to reform of English spelling.

Professor V.A.Vassilyev, the distinguished Russian foneticist, describes the 'maximally simplified writing' developed by himself and Professor Gimson of London.

The late Dr. Walter Gassner's last paper, on reconciling conflicting principles for reform.

The general title of this issue is 'Development of Improvements in English Orthografy'

The final section of the Proceedings of the Conference, Part 4, will be published in the Spring issue of the Spelling Progress Bulletin.

Contents will include:

The pioneer experiments by Dr John Beech of the New University of Ulster, in how literate adults can adapt to changes in our present spelling.

Dr Robert Baker of the Department of Electronics, University of Southampton, describes an experimental investigation of English attitudes to spelling reform.

Dr. Ayb Citron, Director of "Better Education thru Simplified Spelling" speaks out on economic and social aspects of spelling reform, in "Simplified Spelling! the real battle and the real battleground,"

The complete list of papers presented at the Conference appears on page 4 of the Spring, 1982 issue of Spelling Progress Bulletin, vol XXII, No.1.

"Well, they sed enything could happen."

Information Technology 1982.


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