Orthographic reform as a national priority, an ADS responsibility

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 13 05:40:47 UTC 2012

>> ADS responsibility for orthographic reform; end prescriptivism
(linguistic bullying); phonemicized orthography.
ME: <<<Something along Axel Wijk's Regularized English (one of the "weaker"
options) is the only thing that would really make sense, in my view.>>
WB: (1) IPA handbook 1999 & Unicode => phonemicization now obviously more
feasible than at any time in the past. (2) For starters, simply teach
native-English-speaking school children an IPA-based paedography, readily
available for years now in any EFL dictionary. (3) Phase out the spelling
bee as a grotesque form of linguistic bullying.

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