Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Paine, Hanry Gallup (2009-06), Handbook of Simplified Spelling, BiblioBazaar, LLC, Retrieved on 2015-03-12
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    13 MAR 2015

     The Problem with Natural

    A natural pas may afford the most convenient way to cros a mountain, but it wil be vastly improved by bilding a good road thru it. Fruits and vegetables that grow wild in their natural state ar greatly and universally improved and adapted to human needs by cultivation. Every process of manufacture, from roast- ing a potato to bilding a battleship, involvs an arti- ficial change in natural products. All civilization is based on man's ability to direct natural processes. We can not depe...
    Folksonomies: logical fallacy natural
    Folksonomies: logical fallacy natural
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    13 MAR 2015

     Spelling Reform Requires Competition of Spelling Options

    The first condition of rational progress in spelling reform is that persons who know, or who think they know, how words should be speld, should recover some- thing of their former freedom to spel in accordance with individual judgment. Only in that way can there be a wholesome rivalry of forms with ultimate survival of the best. The Board does not expect any one to adopt a spelling that, to him, suggests a pronunciation at variance with his usage. Those whose temper moves them to ...
    Folksonomies: spelling reform
    Folksonomies: spelling reform
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    Not everyone hears or speaks words the same way. Let variances of spelling propagate and have the public adopt that which seems correct by consensus.

    13 MAR 2015

     Changing Spelling Removes Word Associations

    Take the word ghost, for example. Always having seen it speld in this way, we hav come to associate the feelings arousd by the idea ghost with its accustomd form of visual representation. To meet the word in our reading instantly and instinctivly excites those feelings in our minds. To meet the same word speld gost, shorn of its familiar h, shocks us, and causes a temporary mental inhibition of the idea. The word seems to hav lost, with the missing letter, something of the wierdness ...
    Folksonomies: spelling meaining
    Folksonomies: spelling meaining
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    13 MAR 2015

     Changing Spelling has Happened in the Past

    Objection to simplified spelling has been made on the supposition that it "wil cut us off from the literature of the past," meaning that those taught in the new way wil be unable to read the books red today. This can not be so, because the present spelling wil be no more difficult to read by one who has learnd to spel the new way, than is the new spelling by one who has learnd the old way. Children who hav learnd to spel in the simplified way wil, in fact, read the books printed toda...
    Folksonomies: spelling standards
    Folksonomies: spelling standards
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    Technology, translation services, will make migration even easier.

    13 MAR 2015

     Simplified Spelling is Good for Americanization of the World

    Foreners, when brought into personal association with those who speak English, easily learn to speak English themselvs. Its grammar is simple. It has great flexibility, due to its richness in terminology and its abundance of sinonims. It has an unsurpast litera- ture, making a knowledge of it desirable by those who hav no call to speak it. In every respect, except one, it is best fitted to be the language of sience, commerce, and international communication. The desirability of havi...
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    13 MAR 2015

     Phonetic Spelling Saves Time and Effort Through Fewer Let...

    Simplified spelling means shorter spelling. Of the 32 Rules printed in Part 3 of this Handbook, 27 drop letters from words as now speld; 3 involv trans- positions of letters to reconcile conflicting analogies; and 2 involv substitutions of one letter for another, with the same object. In no instance has the Board recommended a change involving the addition of a let- ter to a word. Further simplifications wil result in fur- ther abbreviations. A completely fonetic sistem of notation, ...
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    13 MAR 2015

     Phonetic Orthography in Spain and Italy

    Fonetic spelling, in one form or another, has been, and is now, used by progressiv teachers in England and America as an introduction and an aid to the study of the current orthografy. Their experience is that children can spel correctly that is, fonetically the words they ar able to pronounce, as soon as they hav learnd the alfabet employd, and the principle of combining letters into sillables. In languages such as Italian and Spanish, that hav approximately fonetic alfabets, appro...
    Folksonomies: spelling education
    Folksonomies: spelling education
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    There is a cost savings that comes with reducing the number of years spent teaching spelling.

    13 MAR 2015

     Inconsistent Spelling-to-Pronunciation Rules Inhibit Educ...

    Since the bulk of human knowledge is recorded in books, one of the first steps in the education of the child is to teach him to read. Told that each separate letter, or group of letters, printed in his primer or reader represents a spoken word, the child, being gifted with reason, expects to find an invariable re- lationship between the sound of any given word and the letters composing it. He soon discovers, to his dis- may, that no such invariable relationship exists. Unreason in Sp...
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    13 MAR 2015

     The Ability to Spell Correctly Should Not be Valued

    Because the absurdities and intricacies of our pres- ent spelling hav made a mastery of them the most dif- ficult and long-continued task of the average student, a false value has been placed on spelling ability. "Cor- rectness" in reality, mere conformity in spelling is too generally assumed to be an indication of su- perior education, whereas as has been shown it is only evidence of a natural or a specially traind eye-memory.
    Folksonomies: education spelling
    Folksonomies: education spelling
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    13 MAR 2015

     With Obtuse Spelling Rules, Pronunciation Becomes Reliant...

    Since our current orthografy bears no real relation to the present pronunciation, but is at best an imperfect attempt to represent that of the Elizabethan period, English pronunciation has become almost entirely a matter of oral tradition as unsafe a gide in regard to correctness in speech as it is in regard to correctness in history. We learn to talk, and continue to talk, entirely "by ear," and with the same tendency to uncertainty and variation as do those who play music by ear. The...
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    12 MAR 2015

     The Printing Press and Dictionaries Crystallized Spelling

    English spelling was at first practically fonetic, like the spelling of Latin, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and most other languages, and changed as pronunciation changed. In its case, however, various causes com- bined to interfere with this orderly process. Among them wer the variations in the early dialects, the dif- ferent spelling sistems of the Norman conquerors, the later different spelling sistem of the imported Dutch printers, the bungling attempts during the Renaissance to mak...
    Folksonomies: spelling history
    Folksonomies: spelling history
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    12 MAR 2015

     English Spelling Risks Becoming Like Chinese Ideograms

    Indeed, the present tendency in the scools is to dis- regard the fonetic basis of English spelling, and to treat the written and printed words as ideografs like Chinese the pupils being taught to recognize a word by its appearance as a whole, rather than by a f util attempt to analize the supposed sounds of the letters composing it. Vast amounts of mony and incalculable years hav been spent in efforts, never wholly success- ful, to teach children to memorize the intricate and unreaso...
    Folksonomies: culture spelling
    Folksonomies: culture spelling
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    12 MAR 2015

     The Many Ways of Representing Sounds in English Spelling

    English spelling, owing to the conditions that gov- ernd the growth of the English language, now presents many anomalies. The same letter, or combination of letters, often represents many different sounds; while the same sound is often represented by many different letters, or combinations of letters. The combination ough, for example, represents at least 9 different sounds in the words cough, rough, though, through, plough, hough, thorough, thought, hiccough; and the sound of e in ...
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    12 MAR 2015

     Spelling is an Invention, and May be Modified

    Spelling was invented by man and, like other human inventions, is capable of development and improve- ment by man in the direction of simplicity, economy, and efficiency. Its true function is to represent as accurately as possible by means of simbols (letters) the sounds of the spoken (i. e. the living) language, and thus incidentally to record its history. Its prov- ince is not, as is often mistakenly supposed, to indicate the derivations of words from sources that ar in- accessible...
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    Note the intentional use of simplified spelling in the text.