Orthographic reform as a national priority, an ADS responsibility

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 15 11:01:30 UTC 2012

WG: <<<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?>>>
WB: In Taiwan, elementary school students learn English using phonics;
middle school students learn & use "KK" (an IPA-based phonemic system based
on the old Kenyan & Knott dictionary). All EFL dictionaries use KK, and
usually add "DJ" as well (Daniel Jones' IPA-based inventory for RP). What
EFL dictionary does not use IPA?

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