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     Gordon Jackson defends one aspect of English spelling, but I wonder what proportion of the problem this represents.

     He writes:
     The much maligned spelling of English does have at least one advantage in that it makes explicit those words that are related morphologically and semantically to each other, which facilitates reading. Take, for example, the words democrat, democratic, and democracy. If spelled phonetically, with the exception of most of the consonants (which happen to be the heavy information carriers), they would look quite different.

     My comment: Spanish does not seem to have this problem, and the stress is indicated by accents or simple spelling rules.

Ronald Hilton - 09/20/99