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WI ENGLISH SPELLING NEEDS IMPRUVEMENT
English is a dyslexic language: there is only a slight correspondance between the spoken and the written word, as we can see in the examples TOUGH THOUGH THOUGHT TROUGH THROUGH THOROUGH. Lerning to spell english takes up too much educational time. English speaking nations have a higher proportion of functionally illiterate speakers than thay should. The result is a general damping down of our culture and an anti-education atmosphere in english speaking countries.
One thing should be clear: we’re not trying to change the language, we are only eliminating exeptions to common english spelling rules. English is a very rich language, but not becaus it has so many silent letters. For example the werd THO keeps all the meenings of the werd THOUGH. We eliminate silent letters, not werds.
Spelling was mor democratic in Shakespeares time. Since it has been in the intrests of publishers and edducaters to standerdize spellings, werld wide spelling hasnt been so democratic any mor. In the last centuries goverments hav been forcing children to spell the way the goverments want them to. Later in life peeple ar not really free to spell the way thay want, since any difrent spelling implies ignorence.
Some peeple say that if we reform spelling we wouldnt be able to reed Shakespeare any mor, but usually only linguists and history students reed old authers in the original spelling. The spelling of neerly evry well-knoen auther has been updated, including that of Shakespeare. If NOTHING had been changed in english spelling, we would still be writing in a mix of old low german, old danish and latin. But this is not the case: sometimes english does hav very old spellings that dont match the pronunciation, sometimes the spelling was updated a few times but still doesnt match the current pronunciation, just becaus it wasnt updated offen enough. With a sensably updated spelling, peeple would always know how to pronounce werds thay see in daily newspapers.
Other peeple argu that it is impossable to make a spelling wich sutes all dialects. We agree, but we prefer a spelling that sutes the predominent accents and most users, insted of having a spelling that doesnt sute any accent or anybody. Peeple who dont speek RP (standerd british Receevd Pronunciation) or GA (Genral American) usualy hav to lern 3 difrent "languajes": thair dialect, spoken RP or GA (to comunicate with other english speeking peeple) and written TS (Tradicional Spelling). If we agree on a spelling wich reflects mor RP and GA, peeple can lern mor spoken RP/GA bi the spelling and lern mor spelling just bi knowing spoken RP/GA. And very few peeple nowadays dont hav a clu about GA or RP, since almost evry film and TV-program is shoen in one of those accents (with no subtitles for peeple who speek other english dialects).
As we propose it, the consolidation of english spelling wouldnt force ennybody to chanje thair spelling. Children wud start lerning it. Some meedia mite start using it. Peeple wud graddualy get used to it and some peeple who lernd Tradicional Spelling wud start using it, wile others wud keep using TS (Tradicional Spelling) til the end of thair days... Thats how jentle reform werks in german and most other languajes that undergo reform.
Quite a few peeple asociate spelling reform with loss of culture, but grate names in the english speeking werld faut for a simplified spelling: Franklin, Twain, Roosevelt, Shaw, etc. So maybe yu'r not too proud or too rijid to be the next in this list...?
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But if thair has been all this suport for spelling changes, how come english hasnt been reformd yet?
We think the reeson is that chanjes in the past ment that, ferstly, peeple wud hav to relern their spelling all over agen and seccondly, our wonderful tradicional spelling wud be lost forever.
This is wair RITE is difrent.
RITE meerly consollidates the best in our Tradicional Spelling.
This meens that peeple wil not hav to lern thair spelling all over agen.
This meens that we wil not luse our Tradicional Spelling.
We ar an e-grupe cumming from the SSS (Simplified Spelling Society, founded in 1908), and we hav been discussing and voting on proposals to elimminate exeptions in english spelling. As the name RITE (Redusing Iregularitys in Tradicional English spelling) ses, it dusnt chanje english rules, it just aplies them consistently. Tri writing it. If in dout yu can always use Tradicional Spelling. The RITE-Grupe dusnt propose a spelling poleese forse ennyway...
If yu want to no wat RITE basicly is, heer it is:
RITE cuts redundent letters (hed, dout, exept), reggulerizes short vowels (and, sed, it, on, cum, havving, matter, enny, better, wimmen, offen, possable, munny, suddenly), long vowels (made, grate, like, rite, home, rode, huge, buty) and the consonents: F for the F-sound (far, grafic, enuf), J for the sound in “job” and “general”, S for /s/, X for the /ks/-sound (box, axept), Z for the /z/ sound (advize, bizzy).
If u want to delv ferther into RITE acording to the ballots we hav had so far, just clik one of the RITE links belo.
U may find mor drastic reforms alarming. We do. That is wi we started RITE, the uzer frendly spelling. But if u want to no wat uthers ar talking about, tri thees links.
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Last update: April 20/2007