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  English spelling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The regular spelling system of Old English was swept away by the Norman Conquest, and English itself was eclipsed by French for three centuries, eventually emerging with its spelling much influenced by French.
The spelling of Middle English, such as in the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer, is very irregular and inconsistent, with the same word being spelled differently, sometimes even in the same sentence.
English, it seems, is somewhere in between: its spelling system is highly irregular, but it is regular to some degree and mastery only requires knowledge of the 26 letters of the alphabet, whereas mastering written Chinese or Japanese is much more difficult, requiring the memorization of thousands of different characters.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/English_orthography   (2146 words)

 British English - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
British English (BrE) is a term used to differentiate between the form of the English language used in the British Isles and those used elsewhere.
Although British English is often used to denote the English spelling and lexicon used outside the U.S., this usage is not completely accurate, as almost all British spelling rules and the vast majority of British vocabulary are actually shared among the whole English-speaking world outside the U.S. (except Canada as far as lexicon is concerned).
Historically, the widespread usage of English across the world is attributed to the former power of the British Empire, and hence the most common form of English used by the British ruling class that of south-east England (the area around the capital, London, and the ancient English university towns of Oxford and Cambridge).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/British_English   (654 words)

 Simplified Spelling Society : The Simplified Spelling Society.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The effects of dyslexia are made worse by the chaotic English spelling.
The Spelling Bee is unknown in countries with phonetic (or should that not be "fonetic"?) spelling.
The updating of English spelling would be of benefit to many more than just the Anglo-Saxon world, but also the world of TEFL where other languages are spoken in addition to English.
www.spellingsociety.org   (196 words)

 Ockham’s Razor and English spelling
English has to be learnt as two languages - the spoken and the written; you cant learn one from the other.
English spelling is stupid because it is unpredictable and not user-frendly.
Since then, I have studied spelling and its history; I have experimented; I have studied spelling reforms and the psychology of spelling reformers and the psychology of conservatives and the psychology of vested interests - because there are vested interests.
home.vicnet.net.au /~ozideas/spockham.htm   (1544 words)

 Simplified Spelling Society : English spelling problems.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
With the enormous resistance to spelling reform in many sections of the English-speaking world, proposals for reforming English spelling probably need to be particularly user friendly.
The scope for reducing spelling irregularity in English spelling is therefore enormous.
English spelling could therefore easily be made more regular without introducing new characters or new spelling rules, or anything as outlandish as the Shavian alphabet.
www.spellingsociety.org /news/pvs/pv13bell.php   (3025 words)

 ipedia.com: English spelling Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
English has never had any formal regulating authority, like the Italian Accademia della Crusca or the French Académie Française, so attempts to regularize or reform the language, including spelling, have usually met with failure.
English, it seems, is somewhere in between: its spelling system is highly irregular, but it is regular to some degree and mastery only requires knowledge of the 26 letters of the alphabet, whereas mastering written Chinese or Japanese is much more difficult, requiring the memorization of thousands of different symbols.
The spelling of the English language annually gains publicity during May because of the popularity of the United States National Spelling Bee, a competition for students that are under 16 years of age.
www.ipedia.com /english_spelling.html   (1259 words)

 Simplified Spelling Society : Optimality of English spelling.
Ever since English spelling settled down in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the consensus seems to have been that the conventions we have inherited are ill-suited...
The Russian spelling system, for example, cannot be read "by a purely sequential, phonic method: it requires a combination of the phonic and look-and-say methods" (Knowles, 1988, p.9).
For instance, pronunciation might be spelled pronounciation as it relates to pronounce; spatial might be spelled spacial as it relates to space, and deceit might be spelled deceipt as it relates to deception.
www.spellingsociety.org /journals/j29/optimality.php   (4453 words)

 About English - Spelling strategies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
To spell any unknown word that has not been seen before the writer may try to represent the sounds heard in the word.
To spell the word cake the writer may think of the spelling of words such as take and bake and presume it will have the same spelling pattern and then possibly check with a dictionary or wordbook.
To spell a word such as somebody the writer should use knowledge about the spelling of ‘some’ and/or ‘body’ and realise that a compound word will have the same spelling because it has the same meaning base.
www.education.tas.gov.au /english/spellstrat.htm   (2230 words)

 Fanetik: Thoroughgoing Spelling Reform for English, At Least for Teaching   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
English is by far the most important international language in the history of the world, used by more people, across a larger area, and in more fields, than any other, ever.
Unfortunately, the spelling of English is preposterous, and makes the task of learning to read and write it very hard, not just for people born into other language communities, but even for people born into English-speaking countries.
But English spelling is so far from either phonetic or consistent that even people who were born and raised in English and use it extensively every day have to resort to wordlists, dictionaries, and spellchecking programs to see how to spell something they want to say or pronounce something they see written.
members.aol.com /Fanetiks   (8449 words)

 On English Spelling: Does GHOTI really spell fish? — Nels Tomlinson
If you think that ``ghoti'' spells fish, you're wrong, though you're in good company: this mistake is usually attributed to George Bernard Shaw, though he seems not to have been directly responsible.
English spelling isn't nearly the mess it's made out to be.
Retaining the foreign spellings of the foreign words is a blasted nuisance, but it does seem a little more cosmopolitan and accommodating and tolerant than the German habit of changing the spelling to match their conventions (but I admire the ease of spelling German), or the French habit of coining neologisms to avoid loan-words.
www.geocities.com /nelstomlinson/english.spelling.html   (382 words)

 English - Spelling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This means that all students in the school will learn spelling in the same way, subject to their stage of development.
Of course it would not be expected that a child in Year 1 would "do" spelling in the same way as a child in Year 3.
All children are required to learn how to spell words from a basic core list, revising lists already mastered in Years 1 and 2 before moving on.
www.windarooss.qld.edu.au /Main_Pages/spelling_nf.html   (431 words)

 English Spelling Reform, New Alphabets for English, Systematic Phonemic (Phonetic) Spelling,
Spelling Reformers typically want to write with a dictionary pronunciation guide rather than traditional English spelling.
Yet spelling is technology, not culture, not the English language itself.
Interspel International Spelling looks at how pidjins have simplified English spellings and suggests similar broad diaphonic renderings for all English writing.
victorian.fortunecity.com /vangogh/555/Spell/spel-links.html   (1881 words)

 The Petersonian English Spelling System
Thus, the "k" was used to spell the sound [k]; the "n" was used to spell the sound [n]; the "i" was used to spell the sound [i]; the "gh" was used to spell the sound [x] (a common digraph for this sound); and the "t" was used to spell the sound [t].
Foreign words should be spelled as they're spelled in the language of origin, unless they've become so heavily entrenched in the English language that they're now English words (e.g., "tamale" has made that leap [which is why its singular form is incorrect--it should be "tamal"], but "torta", in my opinion, has not).
By creating a spelling system that reflects the pronunciation of native English speakers only, we would actually be doing harm to those who would seek to learn it, and those who use it already as a means of international communication.
dedalvs.free.fr /petersonian.html   (6476 words)

 yourDictionary.com • 100 Most Often Misspelled Words
Humor us and spell this word "humorous": the [r] is so weak, it needs an [o] on both sides to hold it up.
The spelling principle to remember here is that the school principal is a prince and a pal (despite appearances)--and the same applies to anything of foremost importance, such as a principal principle.
If you are still resisting the tyranny of English orthography at this point, you must face the problem of [y] inside this word, where it shouldn't be.
www.yourdictionary.com /library/misspelled.html   (2399 words)

 Chapter 8. American Spelling. 1. The Two Orthographies. Mencken, H.L. 1921. The American Language
The chief changes made in the standard English spelling in the United States may be classified as follows:
According to a recent writer upon the subject, “there are 812 words in which the prevailing American spelling differs from the English.” 3 But enough examples are given here to reveal a number of definite tendencies.
French loan-words from words derived directly from the Latin, but Tucker shows 7 that this argument is quite nonsensical, even assuming that the distinction has any practical utility.
www.bartleby.com /185/31.html   (1189 words)

 Hou tu pranownse Inglish
English spelling may be a nightmare, but it does have rules, and by those rules,
The wacky spellings I used for the vowels, however, are inherent in the logic of English spelling.
English has more phonemes than the alphabet has available symbols; the usual expedient of the orthography for solving this problem is to use digraphs.
www.zompist.com /spell.html   (3997 words)

 Spelling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Spell checkers will catch some kinds of errors, but not all.
For example, they tend to miss homonyms -- words which are pronounced the same way but spelled differently, such as site/ sight, there/ their/ they're, and its/ it's.
Although spelling correctly is largely a matter of practice and the common-sense use of reference materials, there are four standard spelling rules.
www.uottawa.ca /academic/arts/writcent/hypergrammar/spelling.html   (241 words)

 Reading from Scratch - Spelling Rules
The second may be next to the first, in the VVC pattern (boat, maid, cue, etc.) or it may be separated from the first one by a consonant in the VCV pattern (made, ride, tide, etc.).
They are used to spell /k/ at the end of a monosyllable.
The plural ending is always spelled with a single letter s unless you can hear a new syllable on the plural word.
www.dyslexia.org /spelling_rules.shtml   (781 words)

 English Spelling Reform
Spelling is a social invention by Valerie Yule
Ugh-free Spelling This is a sensible, well thought out, first stage reform.
A rashnalized spelling sistim for dhe Ingglish langwij Yet another root an branch reform but then as a skeptic he doesn't claim to want it to succeed.
www.barnsdle.demon.co.uk /spell   (366 words)

 (American) English Spelling
English spelling rules are complex, with many exceptions.
Since English is so exceptional in its spellings, any dictionary assists you in finding exceptions to the rules of spelling.
Alternative spellings, especially British vs. American, should also be noted.
www.studygs.net /spelling.htm   (907 words)

 The Problem with English Spelling
Even the "English" alphabet used everyday is borrowed from Latin, though it was modified by adding extra letters and changing the sounds of some of the others.
Other examples of odd spellings may be found at the (British) site of the Simplified Spelling Society in their Pamphlet No.
The most radical response to the spelling dilemma has been to throw away the Latin alphabet and adopt new alphabets (or scripts, such as syllabaries) that can be fitted more easily to sounds (phonemes) in English.
www.ncf.carleton.ca /~aa735/eng_sp.html   (638 words)

 SPELLING DEAREST: A history of English spelling + US Spelling history - SUPPORTING INFORMATION
English has some impossible characteristics...; there are no fewer than thirteen spellings for sh....
English Spelling Is The Problem, Not The People Who Can't Learn It...
The council is dedicated to the concept of reforming English spelling.
www.spellingdearest.com /wst_page10.html   (2709 words)

 Spelling Test
There are some spelling tips on another page.
The spellings considered correct are American spellings (because I'm an American).
The preferred spelling will differ in the British Commonwealth in some cases (at least one that I'm sure of).
www.sentex.net /~mmcadams/spelling.html   (126 words)

 English Plus+--English Grammar, Spelling, SAT, ACT, GRE, & More
A complete grammar and spelling resource integrated with a grammar and spelling checker.
All the features of Grammar Slammer Deluxe with a grammar and spelling checker that takes you to the help you need when you need it.
If on the rare occasion that one of our programs has not installed or run correctly, click here to find solutions for the most common problems.
englishplus.com   (605 words)

 English Simplified Spelling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A simplified spelling system for the English language should be clear and consistent, and yet retain some degree of familiarity, especially in regards to the roots of words and cognates in other languages, to allow us to read books and manuscripts using traditional spelling with relative ease.
TO ai pronounced /ə/ is spelled a, and TO ou pronounced /ə/ is spelled o.
Special note: Although I have spelled these phonemically, it might be advisable to consistently use -z for plurals, possessives, and third-person present verbs and -d for past tense verbs and past participles, rather than -s/-z/-ez and -t/-d/-ed.
www.ship.edu /~cgboeree/ess.html   (2226 words)

 Common Errors in English
Non-Errors Those usages people keep telling you are wrong but which are actually standard in English.
English as a Second Language Help Desk at Washington State University
View a short video about English at Washington State University, home of Common Errors in English.
www.wsu.edu /~brians/errors/errors.html   (476 words)

 EnglishClub.com English Pronunciation - Pronunciation for ESL learners
Homophones are words that have exactly the same sound (pronunciation) but different meanings and (usually) spelling.
When speaking on the telephone, it is sometimes useful to spell a word using English Phonetic Spelling.
English pronunciation tips, additional pronunciation exercises and an English pronunciation glossary for users of the Pronunciation Power program.
www.englishclub.com /pronunciation   (359 words)

 OWL: Handouts: Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling
We also have PowerPoint presentations related to grammar, and we have an entire section of handouts and resources for English as a Second Language learners that might also prove useful.
Visit our printer-friendly grammar, spelling, and punctuation index to download and print any of these handouts, or click on the link on any of the handouts to visit the printer-friendly version.
Spelling: i/e rules: with 2 exercises and answer keys
owl.english.purdue.edu /handouts/grammar   (334 words)

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