Orthographic reform as a national priority, an ADS responsibility

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun Oct 14 05:20:20 UTC 2012

On Oct 13, 2012, at 8:51 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM, Tom Zurinskas <truespel at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> lingua franca
> Which dialect is going to be used as (the basis of) the lingua franca?
> Will the forcing of children to whom the lingua franca is foreign
> simply be redefined as "not-bullying"? What about English-speakers
> outside of the United States? How will they be persuaded to learn the
> new spelling? Or is the United States going to be an orthographic
> island, like Taiwan?

For the US, I think RP would be an excellent choice. That way, everyone will be identically jacked and the system, like the metric, will be taught for generations without anyone ever using it outside of elementary school.

BTW, to handle the "r" sound that comes between vowels, parentheses can be used. So "car" would be written as "ka(r)", a much improved orthographic solution.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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