an interesting obituary

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 2 21:59:34 UTC 2009


"In promoting SoundSpel, Mr. Rondthaler cast his lot with some eminent spelling-reform advocates of the past. One was George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), who established a bequest for the design of a new English alphabet. Another was President Theodore Roosevelt, who in 1906 decreed that 300 English words be officially respelled. (After a vitriolic, highly literate national debate that raged in the newspapers for months, the House of Representatives rejected the plan.)"

And the president had the help of the wealthiest man in the world at the time, Andrew Carnegie.  So is it possible to change English spelling toward a more consistent orthography?  Apparently not through those channels.

Yet it's a good thing.  It can help kids read.  Studies show that orthographies that are minimally phonetically consistent such as French and English have twice the number of dyslexics as more consistent ones, such as Italian (Paulesu 2000?).

There actually does exist a truly phonetically spelled English (USA accent) -  Truespel.  See the converter at  It's function is as a pronunciation guide, but if English were to transition to a phonetic spelling it shows an end game.  Learning to read the 40 sounds of English would then be all one need to know to read English (standard broadcast accent) in truespel.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+
see phonetic spelling

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