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     From the response to this posting, it seems that spelling reform has wide support, but there is no agreement as to the desirable simplification. I confess that I myself see the problem but not the solution. We should examine the sources listed to see if there is a consensus on that. As for solutions proposed by WAISers, we will post only general comments, putting detailed proposals in the home page.
     John Wonder, a linguist, writes: "I agree about the idiosyncracies of English spelling and the unnecessary burden it places upon children learning to write and spell (if they ever do)." He proposes a solution based on the origin of the word, the main problem being Anglo-Saxon. For details, see the home page.

Ronald Hilton - 09/20/99


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