Thursday, 3 December 2020

Simplified Spelling

I have revised the page on "Simplified Spelling" on my website, and also the "Anthology of Well-Known Verse" which shows well known pieces in the new spelling scheme.

Here is a summary of the spelling scheme as it now is. Largely unchanged: a, b, d, e, f, g, h, i, k, l, m, n, o, p, r, s, t, u, v, w, y, z. Redefined: c = 'sh' sound in 'ship', 'match'; j = 'zh' sound in 'ridge' 'leisure'; q = 'th' in 'then'; x = 'th' in 'thin'. Ambiguities: u as in 'cut' or 'put'; Indefinite vowel sound shown as a or r. Longer vowel sounds consist of a, e, i, o, u followed by a, i, u or by r, y, w if vowel follows. These may be reduced to a single letter at the end of a word.

Some new spellings: 'church' becomes tyurtc, 'judge' becomes dyudj. The indefinite article 'a' stays as a or becomes ei according to pronunciation. Similarly the definite article 'the' becomes qa or qi. I have given up trying to distinguish between the u sounds in 'cut' and 'put', or using a special letter for the indefinite vowel sound. This means more current spellings are unchanged.

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