SSS International Conferences 1-5:

5. Aston, Birmingham, 24-26 July 1987.
Spelling for efficiency.


First announcement and call for papers.

Details and programme.

A report in brief.

Tom McArthur. Form and Reform: the Four Great Communicative Shifts.

Discussion. Edited by Chris Upward.

John M Fletcher & Christopher A Upton. The Use of Abbreviated English in Oxford 1483-1660.

David Stark. Defining a Literary Phonetic Standard for World English.

Ronald Threadgall. The Initial Teaching Alphabet: Proven Efficiency and Future Prospects.

Thomas Hofmann International Requirements for Spelling Reform


Patrick Hanks. The Hyphen in Written English: Conventionality and Efficiency

Francis Knowles. Morphology versus Phonology in the Spelling of Slavonic Languages.

Christopher Jolly. The Marketability of Spelling Reform.

John Kerr. The Implications of Spelling Reform for the Skilled Reader.


Adam Brown. A Singaporean Corpus of Misspellings: Analysis and Implications.

Edgar Gregersen. The Strategy of Spelling Reform in Stages: Pros and Cons.

Julius Nyikos. A Sibilant Extravaganza, or, How on earth could Johnny read?

Christopher Upward. Conflicting Eficiency Criteria in Cut Speling - 1.

4. Southampton, 26-28 July 1985.
Spelling reform now.

News7. Announcement.


Laurence Fennelly. Spelling Reform Now.

David V. Moseley. Steps Towards More Efficient Learning (Abstract & Table).

Govind N.Deodhekar. Lingua Anglica.

R.I.Damper. Spelling Reform from an Engineer's Point of View (Abstract).

Valerie Yule. Literate Adults' Response to Spelling Reform Abstract).

R.G.Baker. Spelling Reform and Politics: the Case of Norwegian.

Abraham F.Citron. Spelling Reform for the Computer Age.

C.J.H.Jolly. The Introduction by Stages of New Letter-symbols.

Christopher Upward. Cut Spelling as a First-Stage Reform, Part 1, Part 2.


Edgar Gregersen. Morphological Considerations in the Creation of Rational Orthographies.

Madhukar N. Gogate. A World Script is Necessary.

Harvie Barnard. When Noah Missed the Boat.

Garry Jimmieson. Spelling Reform 1 - And Nothing Else!

H. W. Herbert. Spelling Reform Now.

3. Edinburgh, July 31-August 3, 1981.
Spelling, Research & Reform.


Proceedings. Dr. V. Yule.

Message from H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of the SSS.

What the 3rd International Conference hoped to achieve.

The Spelling Exhibition.

Cognitive psychology:

Cognitive Processes in Spelling & their Relevance to Spelling Reform. Dr. U. Frith.

Psychological Processes in Spelling Recognition and Production. Dr. P.H.K. Seymour.

Teaching and learning English spelling, and its difficulties:

Spelling Errors Made by 8-11 year old Pupils. B. Smith.

The Spelling of Nasal Clusters by Dyslexic & Normal Children. Dr. M. Snowling.

Spelling Errors Made by Phonologically Disordered Children. Dr. P. Robinson, Dr. R. Beresford, Dr. B. Dodd.


Teaching and Learning English Spelling and its Difficulties:

Spelling difficulty in school leavers and adults. Dr. D. Perin.

Spelling in Other Languages and International Aspects of English Spelling:

The principles of Esperanto spelling. S. Campbell.

Teaching English in Francophone Africa. Dr. H. Niedzielski.

The history of Spanish orthography, Implications for a theory on spelling reform. Dr. I.P. Urdaneta.

Spelling reform in international perspective. Dr. J. Mosterín.

Spelling for Electronic Communication:

Computer translation of shorthand. C.P. Brooks.

Spelling Reform - Pro and Con:

Spelling reform - Let's be practical. Dr. J. Downing.


Development of Improvement in English Orthography:

Semantic aspects of spelling reform. Dr. N. Brown.

How to reconcile conflicting principles for a reformed English spelling. Dr. W. Gassner.

An account of the 'English Maximally Simplified Writing'? Prof. V.A. Vassilyev.

A research developed reform for English spelling. Dr. V. Yule.

Commercial and marketing considerations when developing orthographic reform. C.J.H. Jolly.

Spelling: what road to reform? G. O'Halloran.


Authors' index of papers.

Experiment and Research in Spelling Reform:

An Experimental Study of Attitudes Towards English Spelling Reform. Dr. R.G. Baker.

The Effects of Spelling Change on the Adult Reader. Dr. J.R. Beech.

Implementing Spelling Reform:

Spelling Reform as a Redistribution of Power. Dr. A.P. Citron.

The inevitability of change: the happy alternative. H. Barnard.

2. Northampton, July 27-30, 1979.
Improving Spelling.

Bulletins: Fall 1978. Spring 1979. Fall 1979. Winter 1979. Spring 1980, Summer 1980. Fall 1980.
Abstracts. Brief report. Report1. Report 2. Program. Proceedings. Foto, Fotos.

A. Present English spelling and its teaching.

1. Analogy in English Spelling. Dr. D.G. Scragg.

2. Research on Spelling Reform. Dr. John Downing.

3. Phonographic Relationships in English Spelling and their Implications. Fergus McBride.

4. Implications of Spelling Reform for Certain Phonemes. Graphic R. Dr. Emmett A. Betts.

5. Language, Orthography and the Schwa. Dr. Katherine P. Betts.
Appendix: List of 54 Orthographies 1974. Dr. Emmett A. Betts.

6. A Pedagogical Purview of Orthography. George O'Halloran.

7. Patterns in Pupils' Spelling Errors. Dr. David Moseley.

8. In Defence of Conservatism in English Spelling. Dr. Philip Smith.

9. A Multisensory Approach to the Teaching and Learning of Spelling. Alun Bye.

B. The Case for Reform.

10. The Cultural Impediments of English Orthography. Vic. Paulsen.

11. Traditional Orthography as Psychic Child Abuse. Dr. Abraham F. Citron.

12. The Effects of a Simplified Spelling on Children Readiness to Read. Dr. Derek Thackray.

13. Modern Technology and Spelling Reform. Dr. Helen B. Bisgard.

C. Practical Aspects of Spelling Reform.

14. Is Spelling Reform Feasible? with Appendices. Mrs. Elsie Oakensen.

15. Spelling Reform and The Psychological Reality of English Spelling Rules. Dr. Robert Baker.

16. Principles of reform - some proposals:
a) The Right to Read. Dr. Axel Wijk.
b) Some Proposed Principles for Simplifying English Orthography. Dr. John R. Beech.
c) A Transitional Spelling Reform for Adults and Learners. Valerie Yule.
d) On the Choice of the Right Symbol. Dr. Walter Gassner.
e) The Phonetic Representation of Speech, Ess Ess Ess /Fonik/. S.S. Eustace.
f) Reading and Writing in English. S. Bakowski.
g) One Sound-One Symbol: the Sensible Solution to Simplified Spelling. Hugh V. Jamieson.

17. Practical Aspects of Implementing a Simpler Spelling. Valerie Yule.

18. Conclusion and Comments. Plans for the next conference in 1981. Valerie Yule.

1. London, August 26 - September 1. 1975.
Reading and spelling.

NS4 pt1. Exhortations. Speakers. More speakers.
NS4 pt3. Themes. NS5 pt3. Report.
Spring 1975.Announcement.
Winter 1975. Illiteracy: Is English Spelling a Significant Factor? Marjorie Chaplin.
Spelling and Parliament. William J. Reed.
Summer 1976. Proceedings publication.
Spring 1977. Publication of symposium.
Fall 1977. Light at the End of the Tunnel, by Ed. Rondthaler.
Fall 1978.Essential Requirements for Reformed Spelling. Dr. W. Gassner
Winter 1980. Towards a Spelling Reform. Prof. A. Mazurkiewicz.
Fall 1981. Possibilities of a Useful Pasigraphy. Prof. T. Hofmann.
Hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt. David Seton.
Writing in Japanese. Prof. F.J. Daniels.
Ancient & Modern African Syllabaries. Geo. O'Halloran.
Sounds & Symbols in Spanish. A.R.G. Burrows.
Problems of Spelling in German. Rolf Landolt.
The History of English Spelling. Dr. D. Scragg.
Speed-Writing Shorthand. Bryan Edwards.
Visual Methods in Teaching Reading. George O'Halloran.
Phonic Methods in Teaching Reading. Beatrix Tudor-Hart.
Chomsky, the English Orthography & Reading. Prof. John Downing.
Spelling, Psychology & Colour Story Reading, Ken Jones.
Regularised English & the Teaching of Reading. Prof. Axel Wijk.
Direct Methods in Teaching Eng. as a For. Lang. Dr. J. Osanyinbi.
A Cross Cultural Study of Eng. Lang. Competence. Dr. J. Osanyinbi.
The Spel, by Patrick Burke.
Torskript, by Vic. Paulsen.
A Future Orthography Balancing Sound & Sense. D. Masson.
Assistance to Spelling via Pronunciation. R. Cropper.

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