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Is English a remedial language?

218 VOWEL SPELLING PATTERNS.

Ways to spell 18 vowel sounds.
Read DOWN to see how vowel sounds can be spelt, and ACROSS for how vowels spellings can be pronounced. [These three tables were alined across a double page.]

 aeiou

acananystomachwas  
e bedpretty
imeringue big
owomendogmother
uburybusy  fun
a-ehavepalatemessage
e-efencebreeches
i-egive
o-egonecome
u-eguessuncle
ar
erperil
air
orforest
owknowlege
oy
00blood
aiplaitsaid
aulaurel
eahead
eiforeign
iefriendsieve
y, eycity
ouyoung
oughcoughtough
 thorough
uaguaranteelanguage
uibuild
ughugh
eigh
extra Consonantsphlegmrhythm honour
 debtvictuals John
 salmonWednesday yacht
extra Vowelschequebicycle tongue
 leopardcarriage tortoise
 harangueconscious
other patternsbecausestation
 mattreppillboss butt


 a-ee-ei-eo-e u-earer

ababyfastsugar
eballetme
ipianofindgirl
ogowork
umusicfur
a-egategarage
e-efetesceneeye ewewere
i-epolicebite circle
o-ebone
u-ebouquetuse nurse
arcar
ersergeanther
air
or
owshow
oy
00brooch
aiaisle
auchauffeur aunt
eabreaksea heartearly
eiveilreceipteither
iechiefview
y, eytheykeysky
oubouquetshoulder youjourney
oughthough
uaguard
uiguidesuit
ughHughlaugh
eigheightheight cologne
extra Consonantsdahliasign folkkhakimyrrh
 reigndebrisisland ghostimpugnhalfcolonel
 straightlight depotanswer
extra Vowelsraiseleaguedye roguefuguebourgeois
 peoplemauve juicebazaaramateur
 pleasebeau beauty
other patternsgaolcheese diamondboatlieu
 playreceivebuy deuce
 meléebee
 piecechoir feud
 paediatric


 airorowoy 00oo

aparentball
e
i
odowolf
utruthput
a-escareawe
e-ethere
i-e
o-ehorse shoe
u-eblue
arwarm
er
airair
orforworsted
owcow
oyboy
00poorbootbook
ai
auautumnsauerkraut
eabear
eitheir
ie
y, ey
oufourout soupcould
oughboughtbough through
ua
uifruit
ughtaught
eigh
extra Consonantshour rheumatism
 mayortalk
 swordtwo
extra Vowelscausemouse quoitbruise
 Georgebuoy route
 coursenoise choose
other patternsaeroplaneboard gargoylemanoeuvre
 broadboil pleurisy

A Fonemic Solution to the Vowel Spelling Chart above.

The major spelling reform proposals that emphasise 'spelling as you speak' and stick to the present alfabet are very similar in essential vowel spellings - e.g. the S.S.S. New Spelling and its versions, and Dewey's World English Spelling.

This is the basic plan, tho details can vary:-


batbetbitnotbut
maetmeetmietmoetmuet
bar, paamburbaerbor, baut  
boutboilbootbuuk 


You can see for yourself the theoretical advantages and disadvantages - but only by experiment can you tell what really works or doesn't work.

A morfo-fonemic solution to the Vowel Spelling Chart above.

This solution 'tidies up' present spelling by applying a few rules consistently. For vowel spellings these rules include place in a word, length of word, and similarity of related words; homophones can be distinguished if they are found to be confused.


batbetbit,
pity
notbut

matemetemitemotemute
maymehi-finoemu
railreelroan
makingimpedingriding goingruing

barherhairfor
askocurtaut
kraalsaw
bananaalso

aboutboilbootbook
cowboytabuput
 flute


This is a 44-pattern solution rather than simply 18-20.

Again, it has advantages and disadvantages, one aspect being that it can cross English dialects more easily. Spelling is seen more as a conventional representation - like a sketch, - than as a 'fotograf' of speech.



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