[Journal of the Simplified Spelling Society 1987/2 p3 later designated Journal 5.]


Antony Alexander, Douglas, Isle of Man.
I would be interested in joining the SSS if a House Style were adopted.

Robert Craig, Weston-super-Mare, England.
[See Journal and Newsletter articles by Robert Craig.]

Ie sujest wee ubandun N.S. and udopt dhu speling yoohzd in Longman'z dikshuneriz az dhu susieuti'z ufishul Hows Stiel (iksept dhat shwa iz riplaysd bie <u>). Laytu, Ie wood wish chaynjiz too in an intunashunuliezing direkshun (and in dhu direkshun ov eekonumi), e.g. <j>-><q>, <y>-><j>, <ie>-><ij>, <oo>-><u>,<ch>-><c>, <sh>-><x> ets. Then juj->quq, nyooh->njuh, hie->hij, good foohd->gudfuhd.

Young blacks thruout Britain are writing voiced <th> as <d> in the definit articl and a number of other words; and in London their exarnpl is being followed by som whites. Similarly <ng> in polysyllabic words is being written <n>. De Society should suport dese developments, seekin general acceptance for both of dem. A singl letter for voiced <th> would giv a savin of two percent and dat aint peanuts for th printin world.


Prof. David Crystal, Editor ,LINGUISTICS ABSTRACTS, Holyhead, Wales.
[See Journal articles by David Crystal.

Many thanks for the SSS Journal. I think you're right to call it a Journal - there's far more in it than you'd normally expect to find in a newsletter, and it's very well presented.

Prof. John Downing, Faculty of Education, Victoria University, Canada.
[See Journal, Anthology, SPB articles, by John Downing.

It is sad that Evaluating the Initial Teaching Alphabet is so little known. Perhaps it's too meaty. Maybe one day I'll rewrite it for more laymanlike readers. It could be brought up to date too - and the aim better focussed on spelling reform.

Madhukar N Gogate, Bombay, India.
[See Journal and Newsletter articles by Madhukar N. Gogate.]

I despatched a copy of Proceedings of our Roman Lipi Sammelan. Participants did not favour use of <injekshn> and we have adopted <injekshan>. If world over English spelling reformers agree to use <injekshn> and various authorities (Governments, Universities) accept the reform, we would adopt it for usage in English, but we would still use <injekshan> within Indian languages.

Bill Herbert, Queensland, Australia.
[See Journal article by Bill Herbert.

Few spelling reformers can judge visual shock. Like most cyclists, they cannot understand how anyone can find it hard to ride a bike. Yet visual shock, for adults is probably the determining factor in acceptability. We found both CS and Ted Culp's Reformed English produced about the same visual shock. First-time readers were repelled. We don't agree that the shock of 44 phoneticized words is greater than CS's hundreds of different spellings.

Tom McArthur, General Editor, ENGLISH TODAY, Cambridge, England
[See Journal article by Tom McArthur.

Congratulations on going for a journal. We could do an exchange.

Edward Rondthaler, New York, USA.
[See Journal, Newsletter, Anthology, SPB articles, and Personal View by Edward Rondthaler.]

An unpresedented oportuenity to acheev speling reform in the U.S. is rapidly developing. It is th bi-product of IBM's foneticaly baest entrans into th iliterasy areena.

Th industrial jieant's Writing to Read sistem for children of 4, 5, and 6 yeerz (shairing sum consepts with i.t.a.), along with its PALS sistem for iliteret adults, provied th veeicl needed bi th reform moovment to 'pigybak' its wae to ultimet acseptans. A mor faevorabl cliemet for th advansment of reform is dificult to iinajin...

Th impact of IBM is begining to be felt. At last count oever 300,000 U.S. children wer enroeld in Writing to Read proegramz in skoolz. Figuerz ar not yet releest for PALS, but it is cleer that in th U.S. we ar now creaeting a groeing segment of th popuelaeshun that wil not be bluft mto th fauls asumpshun that thair is sumthing misteeriusly benefishal about our irreguelar spelingz. We ar creaeting a mor infomd public hooz sucsesful expeeryens with th lojic of fonetic speling wil bild an intelijent constichooensy furmly suporting reform.

It is entierly fiting that th acseptans of th IBM literasy proegramz hapenz to coeinsied with th publicaeshun of th American Speling dicshunerry baest on th consept of an aultemativ speling for English. Respons to th caul for sugjeschunz and apraezalz of this experrimental "skolarz' edishun" - publisht cheefly to elisit coments - has bin qiet encurejing. Th criteeks and expreshunz of diferent opinnyunz reseevd ar beeing given cairful and thuro study. Thae wil surtenly be inflooenshal in deturmining th content of a second reviezd edishun. Further coments wormly invieted, adrest to The American Language Academy, NewYork.

Prof. Geoffrey Sampson, Dept. of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds, England.
You might like to know a paperback edition of my Writing Systems is coming out, which includes corrections. If I had known of your Society's journal before I wrote my book, I would have been very glad to make use of it.I do find many interesting items.

Ronald Threadgall, General Sec., U.K. i.t.a. Federation, England.
[See Journal and Newsletter articles by Ronald Threadgall.]

As to the future of i.t.a., that is difficult. We all know how beneficial it is, but it is another thing persuading H.M.I.s etc of its efficacy. We think it is a matter of plodding on, and waiting for the tide to turn. We are determined it shall not be a thing of the past.

... at the National Committee meeting there was enthusiastic approval for the contact between our two societies.

F C Wingfield, Denver, Colorado, USA.

The Old Guard passes.

Geoffrey Dewey, [See Journal, Anthology, SPB articles.] deceased at 90, leaving as his legacy World English Spelling; simple indeed in looks, yet hardly homografic.

Torskript, an extralfabet with added letters from the I.P.A. Victor Paulsen [See Anthology, SPB articles.] had a specially designed typewriter.

Leo G Davis [See SPB articles.] wrote he had spent some $40,000 on spelling reform agitation; for some years he published his periodical Orthografik Reform.

Now Newell W Tune [See Anthology, SPB articles.] himself has checked out. For some 23 years he published Spelling Progress Bulletin.

After the passing of Andrew Carnegie, 1919, who contributed subventions of $260,000 (multiply by 10 to compare with present money) the curtain of spelling reform rolled down and has thus far so remained!

Myself, since 1927, now in my ninth decade.

Valerie Yule Victoria. Australia
[See Journal, Newsletter, Anthology SPB articles and Personal View 10 by Valerie Yule.]

Th new Jurnl. Congratulatns. It's super. I look forward to studying the articls carefuly, and am sure they wil be an invaluabl reference sorce in th futur for all reserch and development in spelling. Th sujestns belo ar merely to perfect it stil further.

a) Page numbering as in refereed jurnls.
b) Letrs and society business at th bak.
c) Think about an Editorial Board.