RE: Oxford proposes a leaner alphabet

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Date: Wed Apr 01 2009 - 21:40:27 CST

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    -----Original Message-----
    From: [] On
    Behalf Of Hans Aberg
    Sent: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 3:45 PM
    To: Michael Everson
    Cc: unicode Unicode Discussion
    Subject: Re: Oxford proposes a leaner alphabet

    On 1 Apr 2009, at 19:13, Michael Everson wrote:


    The are out late, in view of the quote below about English spelling
    reform attributed to Mark Twain.


    For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be
    replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part
    of the alphabet. The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be
    the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform
    "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant,
    wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and Iear 4
    might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all.

    Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear
    5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so
    modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai
    Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant
    letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould
    doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli.

    Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a
    lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

       Mark Twain
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