Saturday, August 21, 2004

Spelling reform

Apropos all the recent chatter about (German) spelling reform, I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about orthographic reform for English. On the one hand, I should benefit, since I am a terrible speller. In fact, my interest in phonology originated in my endless attempts (during high school) to devise a more phonetically transparent writing system for English. On the other hand, the words that really give me problems, such as “Liberman” and “Phonoloblog” (reduced to phonoblog, apparently through long-distance haplology) are unlikely to be affected by any spelling reform.


At 2:27 PM, Blogger language said...

such as “Liberman”Heh! I've finally adopted the habit of copying and pasting from his signoff line after getting one too many e-mails correcting my misremembered versions.

Me, I like English spelling just the way it is. If yuu ken riid dhis, t@f l@k!

At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

English is in great need of a spelling reform. Spelling, pronunciation, and a shift in word usage.

At 1:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've spelled it "Lieberman" a couple times too. The real irony is that once I started learning French, my English spelling improved very sharply. Then, once I stopped speaking French, it fell off to its current pathetic state. Although, like my father and grandfather, I have trouble spelling, so it may just run in the family. How's that for a nativist claim for language?

Grandpa was a German language proofreader - he had perfect spelling in German - which brings the topic full circle back to German speling reform. I can't claim to have a very strong opinion about this specific reform per se. It seems to make automatic morphological analysis easier. But the real headaches in German come from foreign words, and this reform barely addresses them.

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Scott Martens

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eye doughn't no whut u r talking about.

At 2:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy cats! I'd thought it was "phonoblog" all along, but you're right, there's an extra "lo" my brain had silently elided.

Ooo, "silently elided". That sounds nice. :)

The Tensor

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