Tuesday, 1 April 2008
07:05:07 PM (GMT)
Because I'm certainly not above theft of entry topics from Lyncheh, I'm going
to talk about the campaign for phonetic spelling.
A brief explanation of
SSS (which has been around for quite a long time, in concept at least)
It actually makes a great deal of sense, and I've thought so for a long while. I used
to have quite a bit of difficulty spelling, before I took up writing, and a lot of
English is redundant. This redundancy makes it quite a bit harder for people who want
to learn English as a second language, not least the people who are learning it as a
In the increasingly globalised society we live in, it makes things a great deal more
efficient if most people share a common language. The main candidate in a lot of the
word is English. By making English simpler, it would make it... well... simpler, for
those learning it. Even wikipedia has a 'simplified English' version, even if this is
not quite SSS English.
SSS, as so many other people, kind of miss the point of English, though. English,
British English at least, is not a standardised language. Dictionary creators only
examine the language that is in use, and report what they find. If everyone decided
to say 'teh' instead of 'the', the dictionaries would consider 'teh' a word, and
'the' as depreciated use. This is a great thing about English, that it evolves with
the society, rather than being controlled (as is with a language such as French). So,
unfortunately for the SSS, any campaign to change English would almost certainly
One avenue that would work is to create an entirely new international language based
on English, but simplified. I reckon that's what would be the best choice, provided
it got some backers.
I can't see why anyone who thought about it would oppose it, providing they weren't
elitist about language. I'm not that bothered if people don't speak proper like I
You can never stop people making spelling mistakes, but you can provide a simpler
standard for them to achieve, and I don't doubt that would make it easier for them to
progress onto Propa Engleesh if they chose to.
P.S: Oh, though there is one criticism. Who decides how English words are pronounced?
(important to know if you're going to spell things phonetically). I still think it'd
be good for non-British people though.