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News Letter. October 1984 part 4.



A mekanism must be fownd in order tu implement spelling chanj. We must edukat teechers on how speling must adapt, in order for it tu remain reedabol. We must tel th world abowt th basik distinkt sounds in th human vois spektrum. We have tu kultivat the linggwistik soil, enshur a gud klymat, befor we kan so th seeds of speling growth. In a living langwij, speling must flo and gro, bloom and doom.

I advokat that diksioneris use a standard short re-speling: Wreak/REEK/ sens english diksioneris yuz two spelings for eech word; one for ryting, one for saying. If we kan perswad Oxford-Webster tu yuz a standard gyd for enunsiasion, using fonik speling, we wil hav somthing.

Why it was Mr Lindgren unabol to komvens (convince) (com=con=cum) Australian teechers tu spel "guess" as "ges"? SR1 was lyk a montain tu unacustomd peepl hu felt that if "heel" is speld "heal", then "healthy" must include the word "heal" also. We must no how we failed in order to sukseed. We need a kreditabol plan, a sykolojikal road map to sukses.

I now propoz an intermediat step, a step before SR1:

SHORT SPELING and th Song of th Sownds of Anglish.

How meni vowl sownds ar herd in langwij english? Five, six. Is 'Y' a vowl sownd, or a simbol? Ar 'Q', 'C' and 'G' kon-sownd-nents, or grafik simbols? Wot vowl sownds ar herd in: dull, full, trust, fur, food, and good? Wot kon-sownd-nents ar herd in: rouge, chic, then and thin?

Obviosli, english has twys as meni sownds as efektiv simbols (leter characters) for them. Meni sownds as SH, TH voisd, Th unvoisd, ar represented by digrafs (two leters). See a gud diksioneri.

As an ideal, ol foneem (basik sownds) of english shud be herd in th Alfabet Song (tune Twinkle Star) using an ol sownd alfabet.

Th "Song of th Sownds of Anglish" gos lyk this:
Ash Beth Choy Ding E Fur Go, Hu I Jay Kah Le My No,
I Peu Q Rouge Soothe Tee U,
Vu Wow Xox Ye Zi we fownd Evri english vokal sownd.

Notes: "Hu" is sed "who" (hoo)* "U" is sed "oo" as in "rude" and in Spain* "V" is sed "vous" (french) and ryms with "you"* "Le" rhymes with "the" (not "thee")* "Peu" ryms with "deu" (french)* "Q" /kew/ ryms with "rue" (french) (th rownd ee sownd)* "X" /xox/ is sed "ghoch" as in Scotish "Loch" (lake) throat konsonent* "Ye" is plural for "you", "E" is generic "he"* "Zi" is said "zee" as in America*.

Th nom of ech simbol has bin expanded tu inklud everi english speech sownd. Th french-orijin ZH sownd as in "rouge" and "pleasure" is inkluded in th song. Th most komon vowl sownd in english, th schwa vowl, (up syd e, ə) is also inkluded. See a gud diksioneri.

In this wa children at an erli age, wen they sing th Song of th Sownds, wil lern ol th sownds herd in english and not onli thoz wich kan be represented by th Roman alfabet. This song wil enkuraj diksioneri kompanis tu develop standard representasions for th english vois sownds, wer as ech diksioneri now has its oan konfusing guide for enunsiasion. This aural Song of th Sownds wil eez tu proses of lerning tu reed owr inkonsistent and deseptiv speling.

Song of the Anglish sownds.

K. Tillema, Chatham, Ontario, Canada. [See News7 pt2.]

I don't think that this song can easily be learnd. You may not no that Ken Tillema is an ardent, forceful reformer, who rites to Mayors, and to newspapers, and once even to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. Our former President mentiond in his reply that Ken was the first letter riter to use a simplified script. We ar too diffident about using our Simplified Spelling. H.R.H. is no longer our President, unfortunately, so we can't rite to him.


An amusing and thoughtful letter from Robert Craig. For the uninitiated it may be helpful to mention that he refers to Traditional Spelling, Reformed Spelling and the Initial Teaching Alphabet.

Editor - S.S.S. News letter.

Deer Editor,

For several hundred yeerz the Tradissional Beveraj Korporasion haz been making a proddukt kauld "Old and Pekuliar". Now, it is jenneraly agreed, by thoze ho shoud noe, that Old and Pekuliar is pritty fowl stuf. So abowt eity yeerz ago a number ov experts in drinks mannufacture got together and set up the Tasty Drinks Kumpany. Befor too long Tasty Drinks had prodused a rival to Old and Pekuliar, wich they kauld "Neu Drink".

Everyone sed that Neu Drink was reely exselent, but for sum reezon they kontinued to drink Old and Pekuliar. The direktorz ov Tasty Drinks were verry dissapointed. After konsidderabl hart serching they desided to launch Neu Drink az a children'z drink. They moddified it slightly, and tested the market. Children luvd it, professional peepl in edukasion sed it waz goud for them. But, after the inissial enthusiasm, salez dropt of again. After a number ov yeerz anuther mannufakturer braut owt hiz oen version ov Neu Drink, wich he kauld "Inissial Drink". Inissial Drink eeven had government suport. Its suksess seemd asured, yet after several yeerz ov rekkord salez, the market fel away. How kan it be that Old and Pekuliar, wich iz noen to taste aufoul, mannajez to maintain its hold on the market?

Robert Craig, Weston-Super-Mare, Avon. [See Journals, Newsletters.]


Only use PARSIALLY SIMPLIFIED SPELLING, not the old spelling. Free information:

J. Cober. [See Newsletters.]

I want to let you know that I no longer use the usual spelling. So that people wil know that I do not necessarily make spelling mistakes.

Whatever led to the present spelling, there is no reason why we, or our children have to keep on writing this senseles way. If I learned the metrik system and nobody else did, I could not use it. But even if nobody else does change their way of spelling, I am able to use a much simpler spelling al by myself.

At present many words are spelled different than they were 400 years ago. How come? Was there an official body that decided to write "wind" instead of "wynde"? Who decided to write: color, labor, nite? The people did. Not everybody yet. But it has already become so popular that some of these new spellings are acceptable and appear in some dictionarries. So, there does not have to be, necessarily, an official body.

I have herd these arguments at our meetings. But it seems to me that "Spell as you choos" means slower reading, for even now I paus at unusual spellings befor I grasp the meaning. However, we ar used to "color and labor and theater." Surely they should be acceptabl alternativs used in al schools?

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