Spellbites 2006.

Best quotes of last year (2005).



31 May 2006. BeeMan demonstrates at Grand Hyatt.
... fun picket by BeeMan for the purpose of highlighting the dysfunctional effect of English spelling on literacy rates in English speaking countries.



14 May 2006. New York Post. Revew: Spelling Fever by Max Maguire.
"... It's the inconsistency that's really so unnecessary." Wells has a point....
Is Wells right? Is the English language an inconsistent mess? Should it be changed?



8 May 2006. The Guardian. Obituary: Lord Simon of Glaisdale, SSS Vice President.
He surprised many in 1981 by his passion for an American-style simplification of the English language, replacing "though" with "tho" and replacing all "-ours" with "-ors". Although his simplification of language bill was defeated, the battle has recently been accidentally won for him with the advent of text messages. See J5, J19.



5 May 2006. Financial Times online. Mispell or Misspell? By James Essinger.
When you consider that the English spelling system is the most inconsistent, illogical and often plain barmy alphabetic spelling system in the world, and that there are hardly any reliable rules for spelling words properly ...



4 May 2006. Christian Science Monitor. The buzz about spelling bees.
A New Zealand group called "Spell 4 Literacy" has been picketing spelling bees ... The society also maintains on its website extensive listings of languages where orthographical reform was been successfully carried out ...



26 April 2006. United Press International. Learning to read English, where there are inconsistencies in both reading and spelling, results in lower accuracy rates, finds a British study, according to Usha Claire Goswami, of the Centre for Neuroscience in Education, at the University of Cambridge, England.



Mar 2006. Press Release: Spell 4 Literacy. Quirky spelling blocks many from becoming literate.
"If we want our literacy standards to match those achieved by some non-English European languages, we need to make our spelling an easy tool to master, and not an irritant and hurdle to overcome."



20 Jan 2006. TES. The language logic forgot. John Bald.
The irregular, hybrid nature of English spelling is probably the longest-standing cause of strife in education. Its effect appears to be international - studies of reading around the world show a consistently higher proportion of weak readers in English than in other languages.



13 Jan 2006. TES. Phonic hell. So that's why we can't spell. Masha Bell. SSS member.
One woman is campaigning for English to switch to a more logical simplified spelling system, which correlates to phonemes, to make it easier for children to learn to read.

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