Bisbee AZ Daily Review, 1/26/1916, p. 4

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Bisbee AZ Daily Review, 1/26/1916, p. 4 - .05 .7E 2.25 4.00 T.50 2.50 .75 I ECONOMICAL...
.05 .7E 2.25 4.00 T.50 2.50 .75 I ECONOMICAL SPELLING. It Is now ten years since the Simplified Spelling Board, composed of a small group of American scholirs and business men, set about to reform English spelling. The 7 undertook a hard task. For In an age of dictionaries and snelline books nothlne is more difficult to uproot thaa established orthography. Their efforts at first wero greeted with unrestrained ridicule. There is still a strop..? nroii.ilifo op-nlnet thorn a fooling flint Ihpir work Is either sacrilegious or farcial. And yet they have really madi considerable headway. Brander Matthews, the leader of the movement, point out with pardonable pride that the close of this decade there are nearly 200 newspapers and periodicals using the simpler spelling advocated by the board. Among them are journals as important as the Independent, the Literary Digest, the Educational Review and the Publishers' Weekly. Weekly. The daily newspapers confessedly converted to the new spelling have a dally circulation ot more thaa 4,000,-000. 4,000,-000. More Important still, the general public is steadily becoming tolerant. Opposition is mostly based on a lack of knowledge of how language developed. Language of course is an organic, organic, thing that is constantly changing, and the real language consists of the spoken words, not the letters thnt represent them. The trouble arises from chiefly from the fact that the. spoken sounds keep changing, while the writ- Thus in time of;ten tend to remain unaltered j spelling may develop peculiar forms having little obvious relation to sounds. And the English language Is the worst example of this tendency in the world. It Is remarkable, indeed, how slow the Anglo-Saxons ! have been to get rid of their awkward orthography. All other races have tried to reform their orthography and of them have succeeded. In Spanish and Italian the book sign is almost unfailing index to the spelling. of when the thIld learas the a,Phabet he ls about half i through. It is easy for him then to apply the letters to I and the words he speaks and hears, because the values of the letters are, with rare exceptions. Invariable. With us learning the alphabet is but the first step of a task that requires years, and indeed is never finished. Who, even ! amon teacher8 or authors or editor8 is always 6ure of b's BPcUinR to I " 18 absurd t,lat we 8hou,d rePresent ne voweI 80U!:d by many symbols. In Spanish the sound of e is always the same. In English we represent it by e In met, a to ,n man' m sa's- al m 8am el m ueuer uuu eu Ba ! 1 3 1 - 1 1 . .. C. 1L. -n-it ,oparo- INeariJ BU our vowei suuuus uii me bu: ' fate. Long o is written in eighteen different ways. Here the they are; o in go, 00 in floor, oa in foam, oe In goes, os j in Grosvenor. oh in oh, ot in depot, ou In boulder, ough in by dough, of in flow, owe in owe, ao in Pharoah, au in mauve, i aut in hautboy, aux In faux pas, eau in beau, eo In yeo- And yet we criticis children for net of 8h in 8hip we rePresent b 8 ln 6uear and a ,n 8atIate mari and ew in Bew. spellinb correctly. Our use of consonants is almost as absurd. The sound 1 and ce in ocean and ci in social and xi in anxious. One of the most obvious absurdities is the use of two different ' consonants for the same sound in the same work, as c and ', k 111 cake' j The sPelUn board has not tried t0 remedy manjr ot lo., ueiecit, reauzmg Ulttl B owccpius iciuiiu iu no many decades. It has contented itsel fwith many such simple matters as dropping the final ue in catalogue and the final me in Programme, making the Greek diphthong I re in cyclopa dia a simple English vowel, dropping the silent pain words like phonetic and turning zxed into fixt, etc. Even our present system, cumvereome as It is, is an im-'j provement over Shapespeare's spelling. But we .really haven't made enough progress in 400 years to do any brabging. The waste of effort involved in our present system is incalculable. And tuere are broader considerations than Says of meTel makin our ildr's education easier. Prof. Matthews In a recent article in the New York the for Times: "Our language is now the native tongue of twice as many men and women as are born into any other European European language. English is the speech of two mighty nations. nations. It is steadily advancing to" the proud position of a world language that is to say, it bids fair soon to be the second tongue of every educated man and woman in the wide world over. It has only one defect, Its barbarous orthography. With every simplification of spelling we make the language easier for our children, easier for the foreigners abroad, and easier for the foreigner who comes here to cast in his lot with ours. We make it easier for the nations to understand each other. We make it easier for the beneficent ideals of the Anglo-Saxon race to spread themselves throughout the world." it not of Is

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  1. Bisbee Daily Review,
  2. 26 Jan 1916, Wed,
  3. Page 4

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