SPELLING REFORM,

A Comprehensive Survey of the Advantages,
Educational Benefits and Obstacles to Adoption.

Edited by Newell W. Tune, North Hollywood, California.
Second edition, July 1982, (1st printing 1981).

Library of Congress number, 82 99095,
Publisht by Spelling Progress Bulletin.

TABLE OF CONTENTS, Index by authors.

[This Anthology was the best of Spelling Progress Bulletin: Sp=Spring, S=Summer, F=Fall, W=Winter, or M=March, J=June, O=Oct, D=December; and the year, between 1961 and 1983, e.g. (S 80)= Summer 1980. php links go to the web page of that article. pdf links go to the whole bulletin issue. In each pdf file, click on Bookmarks to see the contents list with links.]
1. The History of Spelling Reform.
1. Canadian Linguistic Assoc. Arguments For & Against Spelling Reform. p1.
2. Barkley, Wm. A 20th Century Look at the 'New English' of 1066. (S 67 pdf) p2.

2. Arguments For & Against Spelling Reform.
1. Julian, Jas. English has More Rime than Reason. (S 67 pdf) p4.
2. Hotson, Clarence, The Urgency of Spelling Reform. (S 66 pdf) p5.
3. Barnard, Harvie, A Condensed Summary of Reasons For & Against Spelling Reform.
(S 77 pdf) p7.
4. Yule, Valerie, Spelling & Spelling Reform: Arguments Pro & Con. (Sp 76 pdf) p9.
5. Oakensen, Elsie, Is Spelling Reform Feasible? (S 80 php) p19.
6. Rondthaler, Edward, Simplification & Photo-typesetting. (F 78 pdf) p23.
7. Downing, John, Research on Spelling Reform. (Sp 80) p24.
8. Evans, Kyril, A Discussion of Spelling Reform. (F 78 pdf) p26.
9. Canadian Linguistic Assoc. The Case For & Against Spelling Reform. p30.
10. Tune, Newell, Comments & Rebuttal of Previous Arguments. p34.
11. Sinclair, Upton, Upton Sinclair Cites Need For Spelling Reform in
A Letter to the President. (O 62 pdf) p35.
12. Turner, Geo, Some Technical & Social Problems of Spelling Reform. (S 76 pdf) p36.

3. Viewpoints on Spelling Reform.
1. Betts, Emmett A. Viewpoints I, II, III, IV; quotations from many sources.
(F 74, W 74, F 75 and Sp 76 pdfs) p40.
2. Porter, Mickey, Can Yioux Say Sault? (Humor). (Sp 76 pdf) p47.
3. Tune, Newell, Viewpoints V on Spelling Reform. (W 76 pdf) p48.
4. Tune, Newell, Results of the Questionnaire on Spelling Reform. (D 61 pdf) p55.

4. Spelling Reforms in Foreign Languages.
1. Jansen, Mogen, The Development of Danish Orthography. (S 77 pdf) p56.
2. Poonawalla, Ismail K, Book Review, by Ismail K. Poonawala, Ph.D.
Toward Simplification of Arabic. (W 74 pdf) p58.
3. Tune, Newell, Th' Watermelon Hound. (humor). (F 76 pdf) p59.
4. Hua, Wen, On Reforming Written Chinese. (F 74 pdf) p60.
5. Weinberg, Werner, Special Problems of Hebrew Spelling Reform. (F 75 pdf) p63.
6. Hildreth, Gertrude, The Story of Spelling Reform in Turkey. (Sp 72 pdf) p69.
7. Hildreth, Gertrude, Adventures with the Turkish Alfabe. (D 61 pdf) p72.
8. Bonnema, Helen, Language Reform in the Netherlands. (F 72 pdf) p73.
9. Mayhew, Rob't. The Historic Portuguese Spelling Reform. (Sp 75 pdf) p75.

5. Countering Arguments Against Spelling Reform.
1. Dewey, Godfrey, The Case Against Spelling Reform. (Sp 68 pdf) p77.
2. Humphries, Donald L. Our Readers Write Us. Answer to: The Folly of Spelling Reform.
(F 74 pdf) p78.
3. Quotes, Tuward a Moer Piktueresk Speech. (Humor). (F 74 pdf) p79.
4. O'Connor, Mark, The Scholarly Case Against Spelling Reform, Does It Exist?
(S 76 pdf) p80.
5. Rupert, Arnold, Our Readers Write: An Answer to: The Folly of Spelling Reform.
(S 76 pdf) p84.


6. Which Way To Go in Spelling Reform.
1. Cook, Walter F. A Practical Approach to Spelling Reform. (Sp 80) p86.
2. Yule, Valerie, Let Us be Practical About Spelling Reform. (Sp 79 pdf) p87.
3. Pitman, Sir James. Some Principles Governing Imp. of the Visible Lang. (Sp 75 pdf) p90.
4. Tune, Newell, The Real Problem of Spelling Reform. (S 70 pdf) p92.
5. Ives, Kenneth H. Acceptability of Proposed Spelling Reforms. (S 79 pdf) p93.
6. Bisgard, Helen, Reaction to Ives' Acceptability. (S 79 pdf) p95.
7. Smoker, Barbara, G.B.S. & the ABC's. (S 70 pdf) p97.
8. Yule, Valerie, A Transitional Spelling Reform. (F 80 php) p99.
9. du Feu, Frank. On Devising a Minimal Change System of Reform. (W 67 pdf) p102.
10. Pei, Mario, Preface to: Better English Thru Simplified Spelling. (Sp 68 pdf) p104.
11. Read, Kingsley, Our Readers Write Us: Quo Vadis? (F 72 pdf) p105.
12. Hildreth, Gertrude, Which Way in Spelling Reform? (Sp 75 pdf) p106.
13. Tune, Newell, Introspection or Retrospection? (Sp 71 pdf) p108.

7. Ways of Implementing Spelling Reform.
1. Yule, Valerie, How to Implement Spelling Reform. (F 80) p109.
2. Ligtenberg, John, How to Pass a Bill (thru the legislature). (F 75 pdf) p112.
3. West, Rob't, The University of Winsconsin: How to do it. (O 62 pdf) p113.
4. Hagen, Harlan, A Bill to Establish a National Spelling Commission. (F 72 pdf) p114.
5. Johns, Brenda M. The Key to Better Education. (F 78 pdf) p115.
6. Canadian Ling. Assoc. Notes on Implementation of spelling reform. p118.
7. Reed, Wm J., Spelling and Parliament. (W 75) p119.
8. Hirsch, Lotte, Could Adoption of the Metric System Serve as a Guide for spelling reform.
(W 81 pdf) p123.
9. Readability - an analysis of what it is: Umbrella Morals, from Alpha of the Plough.
(Humor). (S 70 pdf) p125.


8. Specific Designs for Reform, with their Critiques.
1. Hecht, Geo., Some Thoughts on How to Proceed in Overcoming Resistance to Reform.
(D 62 pdf) p126.
2. Tune, Newell, A Gradual Means of Making a Minimal Change in our Sp. (Sp 70 pdf) p126.
3. Tune, Newell, A Minimal Change System of Reform. (M 64 pdf) p129.
4. du Feu, Frank T. John Hazel, (Humor, poem). (M 64 pdf) p134.
5. Bonnema, Helen. Obscure Events in History, Anecdotes, Autobiog. (S 73 pdf) p135.

9. Spelling in Relation to Reading, Writing, Phonetics.
1. Shaw, George. B. The Problem of a Common Language. (Sp 79 pdf) p138.
2. Tune, Newell, G.B. Shaw on Spelling Reform. (Sp 79 pdf) p139.
3. Tune, Newell, Why Johnny Still Can't Learn to Read. (S 77 pdf) p139.
4. Dewey, Godfrey, How Phonemic is English Spelling? (Sp 69 pdf) p140.
5. Tune, Newell, How Nearly Phonetic is English Spelling? (Sp 69 pdf) p142.
6. Bisgard, Helen, In Defense of a Separate Phoneme for Schwa. (W 79) p145.
7. Thackray, D.V. The Effects of a Simplified Sp. in Children's Readiness to Read.
(Sp 80 php) p146.
8. Noory, Samuel, Book Review: The Samuel Noory Dictionary of Pronunciation.
(F 74 pdf) p149.
9. Horn, Ernest, Phonetics and Spelling. (O 61 pdf) p149.

10. The Teaching of Spelling.
1. Tune, Newell, How to Teach Spelling. (W 76 pdf) p152.
2. Lutkin, C.E. Can a Child be Taught to Spell? (Sp 76 pdf) p152.
3. Lorenz, Brenna, Teaching Rover to Read. (Humor). (Sp 70 pdf) p153.
4. Emery, Donald W. Book Review: Variant Spellings in Modern Amer. Dictionaries.
(F 75 pdf) p153.
5. Smelt, E.D. How to Learn to Spell. (Sp 72 pdf) p154.
6. du Feu, Frank T., The Holiday. (Humor, poem). (S 77 pdf) p157.

11. Spelling and Oracy.
1. Shaw, G.B. Correspondence with Rob't Bridges on Simplified Spelling. (F 79 pdf) p158.
2. Pitman, Sir Jas. Oracy and Illiteracy. (F 74 pdf) p159.
3. Pitman, Sir Jas. The Drawbacks of T.O. (F 75 pdf) p165.
4. Pitman, Sir Jas. Why Digraphs Impede Learning. (W 78 pdf) p168.
5. Dewey, Godfrey. Do Digraphs Impede Learning? (W 78 pdf) p169.
6. Pitman, Sir Jas. Rejoinder to Dewey's Arguments. (W 78 pdf) p170.

12. Criteria for a Spelling Reform.
1. Tune, Newell, Logic & Good Judgment needed in Selecting the Symbols. (S 77 pdf) p172.
2. Tune, Newell, Criteria for Selecting a System of Reformed Spelling. (S 77 pdf) p172.
3. Tune, Newell, To all spelling reformers: Regimen Essentiale. (W 71 pdf) p173.
4. Tune, Newell, A Guide for Spelling Reformers. (Sp 71 pdf) p174.
5. Read, Kingsley, Nonsense Prose as a Test for Efficiency. (W 71 pdf) p175.
6. Tune, Newell, Our Readers Write Us: Planning a New Fonetic Alfabet. (W 74 pdf) p175.
7. Tune, Newell, Nonsense Prose as a Test for Efficiency. (Sp 70 pdf) p176.
8. Tune, Newell, Our Readers Write Us: Quo Vadis Corrector? (Sp 78 pdf) p177.
9. Gassner, Walter, The Essential Requirements for a Spelling Reform. (F 78) p178.

13. Spelling and Literacy Problems.
1. Barnard, Harvie, The Consequences of Serious Reading Problems. (Sp 72 pdf) p181.
2. Watkins, Vice Admiral Jas. D., Illiteracy & the Navy. (W 77 pdf) p182.
3. Tune, Newell, Which Reformed Spelling is the Easiest to Learn? (Sp 79 pdf) p184.
4. Tune, Davis, Wingfield, The Seven Deadly Sins of Spelling Reformers. (D 61 pdf) p185.
5. Mazurkiewicz, Albert, Toward a Spelling Reform. (W 80) p185.
6. Burt, Sir Cyril, Overcoming the Difficulties of the Printed Word. (O 62 pdf) p188.
7. Pitman, Sir James, The Confusions of T.O. & How They Can be Removed.
(Sp 76 pdf) p189.
8. Chaplin, Marjorie, Illiteracy: Is English Spelling a Significant Factor? (W 75) p191.
9. Paulsen Vic. Cultural Impediments of English Orthography. (F 80) p193.
10. Barkley, William. The Two Englishes. (Sp 65 pdf) p197.

14. Spelling and Commerce, Marketing.
1. Black, Jerrily, & Henderson, Ellen. This Pore Ol' mixed-up Alphabet. (Je 61 pdf) p206.
2. Jacobsen, Sven, Unorthodox Spellings in Amer. Trademarks. (Book Rev.) p207.

15. Spelling and Electronics, photo-typesetting.
1. Darreg, Ivor, Automation for Libraries, part 1. (Sp 70 pdf) p209.
2. Darreg, Ivor, Automation for Libraries, part 2. (S 70 pdf) p212.
3. Bisgard, Helen B. Modern Technology & Spelling Reform. (W 79) p215.
4. Rondthaler, Edward, A Saen Balans Between Tradishun & Lojik. (F 77 pdf) p216.
5. Rondthaler, Edward, Light at the End of the Tunnel. (F 77) p216.

16. Historic Changes in Spelling.
1. Clemens, Samuel, Mark Twain on Simplified Spelling. (F 75 pdf) p221.
2. Anonymous, What is a Cow? (for advanced students of English). (F 75 pdf) p222.
3. Grandgent, Chas, H. Numeric Reform in Nescioubia. (Humor). (F 64 pdf) p223.
4. Tune, Newell, Obsolete Words - do They Indicate a Trend? (Sp 71 pdf) p225.
5. Mencken, H.L. Historical Changes in Spelling. (book review). p226.

17. Psychology Applied to Spelling.
1. Fernald, Frederick, How Our Spelling Damages the Mind. (O 61 pdf) p228.
2. Barnard, Harvie, The 3 F's of Education - Frustration, Fear, Failure. (Sp 77 pdf) p229.
3. Barnard, Harvie. What is Reading, (an attempted answer). (Sp 77) p231.
4. Citron, Abraham, English Orthog. - a Case of Psychological Child Abuse. (F 78) p232.
5. Barnard, Harvie. A letter to Grandpa by Timmie A. Dropout. (Sp 81) p235.
6. Barnard, Harvie. Grandpa's reply to Timmie A. Dropout. (Sp 82) p236.
7. Bennett, Arthur. Under the SPELL of English. (poem). (J 63 pdf) p236.
8. Cerf, Bennett. From "Out on a Limerick." (J 63 pdf) p236.
9. Stevenson, Gil. What must we Change? (Sp 71 pdf) p237.

18. Principles of English Spelling in Relation to Language.
1. Tune, Newell, The Deceitful Words of English. p238.
2. Tune, Newell, Readability, an Analysis of What it is. (S 70 pdf) p241.
3. Yule, Valerie, The Etymological Argument FOR Spelling Reform. (W 80 pdf) p242.
4. Haas, Wm. On Spelling and Spelling Reform. (W 71 pdf) p243.
5. Bonnema, Helen B. A Glance Toward Norway. (W 71 pdf) p246.
6. Anonymous. Verbs, by One Perturbed. (Humor). (Sp 65 pdf) p248.

19. English as a World Language.
1. Nye, L.J.J. An International Language as a Major Civilizing Influence. (Sp 68 pdf) p249.
2. James, A. Lloyd. Ex Post Facto Deliberato. (S 71 pdf) p251.
3. Eccles, Sir David. English as a World Language. (D 62 pdf) p253.
4. Tune, Newell, Gullible's Adventures in Crazyland. (Humor). (S 65 pdf) p254.
5. Okakura, Yoshiburo. The Future of Eng. as THE World Language. (F 69 pdf) p255.
6. Deans, Reg. Illiteracy: Its Cause and a Cure. (Sp 68 pdf) p263.

20. Why There Has Been Failure to Adopt Reformed Spelling.
1. Tune, Newell, The Real Problem in Reforming our Spelling. (S 70 pdf) p265.
2. Tune, Newell, Spelling Reform, Not Only Why, but Which, When, How. (F 78 pdf) p265.
3. Reed, Wm. Factors that Have Led to Failure to Adopt Spelling Reform. (F 72 pdf) p267.
4. McGee, Jas.C. Quo Warranto? (Poem). (S 67 pdf) p274.

21. Illiteracy and Crime.
1. Phillips, Chas. M., Jr. Illiteracy - a Short Cut to Crime. (S 76) p275.
2. Phillips and Barnard; Our Readers Write: Letters Exchanged in re: Above. (F 76 pdf) p275.
3. Chwast, Jacob. Reading, Spelling and Delinquency. (O 62 pdf) p276.
4. Barnard, Harvie, Arson and Other Crimes. (W 80 pdf) p279.
5. Tune, Newell, Reading Failures, Dropouts, Delinquency & Crime. (F 73 pdf) p283.
6. Barnard, Harvie, Causes of Crime; Illiteracy & its Roots. (F 76 pdf) p291.
7. Smith, John. Scenes on a Playground, Eng. Orthography. Illustrated. (H).
(Sp 68 pdf) p294.
8. Stevens, Elmer. Salutatory (skool daze). (Humor). (S 77 pdf) p295.