Re: Push for Simpler Spelling: English as a Global Language

Subject: Re: Push for Simpler Spelling: English as a Global Language
From: Peter Lewicke <plewicke -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Sankara R <ss_rajanala -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2006 05:58:30 -0700 (PDT)

That's a good point about changes originating in
society, rather than being imposed. With English as an
international language with variations in
pronounciation everywhere, it would be impossible to
change spelling to more closely resemble all of the
local variations. Which pronounciation would be the
standard? It might be better to keep standard spelling
that has some relationship to what the language was at
some point.



--- Sankara R <ss_rajanala -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

>
> > What the successful attempts have in common is
> > that they preserve the
> > information contained in the original
> > orthography. Changes are small and
> > subtle and do not discard etymological clues.
> > What the crackpot schemes
> > have in common is precisely that they discard
> > all etymological coding in
> > favor of phonological coding.
>
> Another consideration (other than preserving
> etymological clues) is ensuring that changes
> effected in the American spelling should not be
> radically different. Color (and such words) are a
> shade different from color and so on, and so it
> is easy to cope with the change - for everyone
> involved.
>
> English is on the way to becoming a global
> language - some say it is already the GL - and
> any 'man-made' changes should take into account
> the implications to its global presence.
>
> It is a little stressful to mentally convert a
> mile into 1.6 km when one travels across the
> pond, but it will be very painful indeed if a
> similar exercise is required when one puts down J
> K Rowling and picks up "Da Vinchi Koed".
>
> I have a suspicion that many of the subtle
> changes Noah Webster codified were already in
> use: rather than condemn thousands who uniformly
> use a different/simpler spelling.
>
> That's another thing most successful language
> reforms have in common: they originate in the
> society and are valorized; and not in someone's
> wild imagination.
>
> Thanks and regards,
> Sankara S Rajanala
> Citec Information
> +358 50 428 0702
> ----------------
> Tina: I am an experienced technical writer.
> You are an intern and a rodent, respectively.
>
>
>
>
> __________________________________________________
> Do You Yahoo!?
> Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam
> protection around
> http://mail.yahoo.com
>
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>
> WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support
> for every major Help
> format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise,
> and efficient content
> delivery. Try it today!.
> http://www.webworks.com/techwr-l
>
> Doc-To-Help includes a one-click RoboHelp project
> converter. It's that easy. Watch the demo at
> http://www.DocToHelp.com/TechwrlList
>
> ---
> You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as
> plewicke -at- yahoo -dot- com -dot-
>
> To unsubscribe send a blank email to
> techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> or visit
>
http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/options/techwr-l/plewicke%40yahoo.com
>
>
> To subscribe, send a blank email to
> techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>
> Send administrative questions to lisa -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-
> Visit
> http://www.techwr-l.com/techwhirl/ for more
> resources and info.
>
>


__________________________________________________
Do You Yahoo!?
Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around
http://mail.yahoo.com
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support for every major Help
format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise, and efficient content
delivery. Try it today!. http://www.webworks.com/techwr-l

Doc-To-Help includes a one-click RoboHelp project converter. It's that easy. Watch the demo at http://www.DocToHelp.com/TechwrlList

---
You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- infoinfocus -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/options/techwr-l/archive%40infoinfocus.com


To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to lisa -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit
http://www.techwr-l.com/techwhirl/ for more resources and info.


Follow-Ups:

References:
Re: Push for Simpler Spelling: English as a Global Language: From: Sankara R

Previous by Author: RE: FW: Email versus e-mail
Next by Author: Re: frustrated
Previous by Thread: Re: Push for Simpler Spelling: English as a Global Language
Next by Thread: Re: Push for Simpler Spelling: English as a Global Language


What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads