[Spelling Progress Bulletin, Summer 1982 p20]
The purpose of NS4 and 5 is to provide a close phonetic spelling of English as spoken over the radio and TV, giving the reader the practice needed with more familiar symbolism to appreciate a reform system with both adequate and efficient symbolism.
WES spelling, with single letters and digraphs from the Roman alphabet only; has a simpler, ruleless structure easier for a child or his dad, to learn than most other reform systems. However, it takes just as much space on paper as our erratic choices of letter sequences in TO (traditional or old spelling - OS). The British Nue Speling NS or NS2 with a schwa letter or NS3 with consistent spelling of short e sounds, as suggested by Lindgren in his SR1 plan, has 11 word signs to avoid awkward small word-forms like Ie, hee, wee, etc. A few simple rules can also save space, as in several other popular, Roman only, systems, but a fully adequate 41 letter alphabet can save far more without rules or word signs, if a new keyboard, wider or without capitals is a feasible and acceptable option.
The NS 5 alphabet is such a one to one sound to symbol offering, to avoid special rules and make optimal use of space, with new consonant letters from my Rit spelling system, of largely joined symbols, easy to trace as a handscript and if abbreviated, suitable as a steno system.
Arn. Rupert, Lunenburg, Ont. Can.
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