On other pages: part 1, part 2, part 3.

Newsletter July 1983, part 4.

[See Journal and Newsletter articles by Alun Bye.]

from Mr. Alun Bye

Changing the name of the Society.

There have been many responses to my earlier suggestion for changing the name of the Simplified Spelling Society. Most have been generally in favour of a change, with only one response totally against. All of the favourable responses have agreed on the need for the title to begin with the word SPELLING, as this aids accessibility when searching for the name through alphabetical lists.

There is also general agreement that the word REFORM is a good substitute for SIMPLIFIED, and that the title should begin with the words: SPELLING REFORM. The greatest controversy has arisen over the third word of the title. I had suggested INTERNATIONAL because of our international links, but several objectors have pointed out that the inclusion in the title implies that we are concerned to reform the spelling of all languages as well as English.

Despite my initial claim that the word SOCIETY is a meaningless appendage, I have been persuaded that it at least contains no misleading information, and by its use it serves two purposes:

a) provides a link with the present title, and
b) it is less likely to be inferred that there might now exist in England two (possibly rival) organizations devoted to spelling reform.

I have therefore accepted that a more appropriate title would be SPELLING REFORM SOCIETY.

At the AGM there seemed to be general agreement on the need for a new title, and that SPELLING REFORM SOCIETY would be generally acceptable. It would however be valuable to have other members' views on

a) the desirability of a change.
b) any other suggested titles.

I would be happy to accept these, and would present all correspondence at the next committee meeting.

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Making spelling interesting, even EXCITING!*
with etymology.

Children not enjoying a spelling lesson.

The noted psycholinguist Professor Hucanchekkus
teaches the little ones to read and write.

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Comments from Members on the Constitution.

R. Baker, Southampton. "I'm a bit worried about the power of the largely unaccountable Vice-Presidents" (elected for life).

J. Brummell. "I would prefer 'simplification' rather than 'reform' para A2."

A. Citron, Michigan. "I suggest that (Section B on membership line 1) be changed to 'Membership is open to eny person or organization interested in furthering..' I commend the Committee on an excellent job.

C. Cook. New York "I found the Proposed Constitution to be fair and easily understood".

S. Eustace, London. "The 1977 Constitution gave outlying members a voice in the Society's affairs. It was not 'cumbersum' but extremely simple. My innovation, the bankers' order system, has been overlooked."

E Gregerson, New York. A2. "One aim should be to provide some record and guide to English pronunciation. The Constitution should be written in 'Stage 1'."

C. Kleber, Michigan. "Excellent!"

R. Lung, Scarborough. "The Secretary should be an elected official as should be the Treaurer, but the Tresurer should be acceptabl first to the Committee. Too much expense has been lavishd on constitutional matters. Elections should be done by the singl transferabl vote. The restriction on 'five Vice-Presidents' (D1) is unwarranted, it shuts the door on securing mor distinguishd people to lend their names to our cause."

M. Cross, Northampton. "The Tresurer should be appointed for 2 years. E2 should be worded, 'A copy of the statement of account, will be sent to all members annually.' F5. Overseas members should be askd in the Winter Newsletter to send in nominations for the Committee. The present 21 days are inadequate.''

N. Tune, Hollywood. "Nothing is sed about free membership for the over 65s. Nothing is sed about sponsoring eny particular reform. This should be debated and decided 'Yes' or 'no' by the Officers and Committee."

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[See Journal, Newsletter, Anthology, Bulletin articles, Personal View 10 and web by Valerie Yule.]

Teachers interested in testing out whether some spelling reforms would actually make a difference to learners are asked to contact Valerie Yule, Department of Psychology, University of Aberdeen.

One aspect of the experiments is finding out whether pupils reading text with surplus letters omitted can then make an imediat transition to reading present elaborat spelling and understand its structure better in lerning to spel themselvs.
One teacher alredy reports that her pupils 'enjoyd it all imensly and wer often surprised and exited that they found it so easy.' She also found the beedbak and recommendations about words that individual children made on the findings were useful and helped a bakward child with motivation too.

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SEPTEMBER 30 spelling watchers day.

This year's Competition for Spelling Day is for the best collection of SPELLING JOKES

spelling fairy.
Collect cartoons, limericks, quips, riddles, anecdotes, and make up your own.

Prizes for the best individual collections:

Prize for the best school collection:

Closing date October 30 1983. The usual competition rules apply. Entries will only be returned if accompanied by stamped addressed envelope, and it is understood that all jokes are free for inclusion in the SPELLING JOKEBOOK that is being compiled in aid of literacy research.

Send entries to the SPELLING JOKES COMPETITION 1983, Old Aberdeen, Scotland.
Thirty days hath September
Spelling Reform to remember.
Sound i

Spelling's funny alright. SPELLING'S

SPELLING WATCHERS AND SPELLING SPOTTERS - look around you on Spelling Day - for misspelled signs, simplified spellings, signs, trademarks, new words, children's writing, spelling in national newspapers.

Find out about people who cannot read, reform in other languages, changes in English spelling - and practice some Spelling Reform yourself. Have a special study of Spelling at school - and University -

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