American spelling!

Devising an alternative spelling system is the liberty if not the duty of any person, body, institution or government, who realise the deficiency of unpredictable, outdated English spelling. Habit alone ties us to our present unpredictable orthography; common sense and the law, do not.

In America, Noah Webster, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Morse (Morse code) and later, Mark Twain were among others who proposed steps towards rationalising the spelling of English. American William Thornton, born 1759 in the West Indies, was preocupied for many years from 1785 onward with simplifying English spelling. He was philanthropically inspired to better the lives of illiterate African slaves. If his plausible reform of the 1790’s had been adopted, English would have become the world’s conventional language long ago to everyones advantage.

America has indeed made simplifications to English spelling, but not enough to be effective.

An excellent book by Jill Lepore titled ‘A is for America’, published by Alfred A. Cnof of New York, intrinsically describes America’s history in respect to spelling and the intense efforts undertaken by a number of its statesmen to improve it; alas in vain.

Another fine book ‘Dictionary of American Spelling, an Alternative Spelling for English’, edited by Edward Rondthaler and Edward J. Lias would constitute a giant step forward in rationalizing American spelling, were its spelling system to be adopted. For those who prefer an alternative system, with fewer changes and closer to their own accent, ‘American Spelling’ is highly recommended as a well thought out, completed scheme.

Sayspel is stronger on a) ‘same spelling for the same sound’ principal, based on
b) ‘Continental European use of Latin vowels’. These two features make learning for beginners easier.

The Sayspel converter can be programmed to transpose from traditional into popular American simplified spelling, in contrast to the phonetic style of Continental Latin spelling.

More information on American Spelling can be obtained from the American Literacy Council (ALC) in New York headed by Joe Little:
Tel:. 8007819985 e-mail: