reforming 300 words

Madhukar Gogate mng1932 at YAHOO.COM
Thu May 16 03:11:17 UTC 2013


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-- (mng1932 at yahoo.com) Pune, India. (website at end)
Following is sent to Mr S, few other experts (cc basis) 
residing in US, UK, Australia (email addresses hidden 
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Mr. S
Greetings after a long time.
 
www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/common-words-5000.htm 
Above is from (http://www.englishclub.com/) . Put in the
Search box > common  5000 words < if above link fails
 
Actually 5014 words, seem to be ranked as per frequency.
A little doubt > (to) is at position (7) and also at (9).
I have not seen the whole lot... But here is a list (perhaps 
already known to some readers) accessible to all.
 
How about asking various spelling reformers to give
their suggestions for  reforming these 5000, or for 
first 300 as a pilot study ? And tabulate.
 
Spelling Society may be able to come to conclusion.
No vague principles, concepts. Actual solid Reforms.
 
Mr. S, please take a lead, with your wide contacts.
Some words may have different sounds, like say
educate (d > like d < dog, or like j < joy)
 
I suggest, please dont use any dicriticals like umlaut.
Try to manage with 26 a-z, and various digraphs like
aa, ae, au and use of apo ( ' , the apostrophe mark).
Reserve capitals to start unrespelled words & names.
Thus write (silindar) or (Cylinder) < during transition.
 
Then full energy of whole mankind can be drawn
to develop a parallel english. If one tells them, use some
umlaut, or cedilla or greek alpha beta etc, then
most readers would say >  We wont try, our keyboards
dont have them. They will be alieneted from reform
process. I suggest one should not aim at 100% phonetic
accuracy, 95% is good enough
 
Refer E01, E02 on (http://www.mngogate.com/)
 
Regards
-- Madhukar 
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