A Biographical Sketch of Sir Isaac Pitman: Illustrated

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I. Pitman & sons, 1904 - 32 pages
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Page 18 - But unless language ceases to be language, and writing ceases to be writing, the day will surely come when peace will have to be made between the two. What I like in Mr Pitman's system of spelling is exactly what I know has been found fault with by others, namely, that he does not attempt to refine too much, and to express in writing those endless shades of pronunciation which...
Page 12 - That sounds within a determined degree of likeness be represented by signs within a determined degree of likeness ; whilst sounds beyond a certain degree of likeness be represented by distinct and different signs, and that uniformly.
Page 18 - What I like in Mr Pitman's system of spelling is exactly what I know has been found fault with by others, namely, that he does not attempt to refine too much, and to express in writing those endless shades of pronunciation, which may be of the greatest interest to the student of acoustics, or of phonetics, as applied to the study of living dialects, but which, for practical as well as for scientific philological purposes, must be entirely ignored. Writing was never intended to photograph spoken languages...
Page 5 - Phonography, or Writing by Sound, being also a New and Natural System of Short Hand.
Page 22 - ... done, the stenographer is a needed adjunct, and his presence was made possible by your work. Phonography came to us unheralded to meet a then unvoiced demand. With a status secured it created a further demand for its application in spheres of usefulness for which scarce any had thought it available. With few exceptions, American writers who have presented the system have frankly acknowledged their indebtedness to you as its \ discoverer and inventor.
Page 11 - States, and from that time to the present has been actively engaged in disseminating Phonography there.
Page 21 - ... if ever there was a case in which the powers of the court ought to be exercised as asked by the plaintiff, it seems to me that this is that case.
Page 27 - Isaac engaged with all his old ardour in his efforts on behalf of Spelling Reform, and, as in times past, kept up a very extensive correspondence with phonographers in all parts of the world. His last appearance on a public platform in advocacy of the Reform was at a meeting of the Bath branch of the National Union of Teachers, on 20th June, 1896, when " the oldest British schoolmaster alive...
Page 25 - ... which afforded him no small gratification. The second portion of his lecture was devoted to the advocacy of Spelling Reform. About this time Isaac Pitman made other platform appearances. The season was extremely wet, and the result was a serious attack of congestion of the lungs, and for the first time for a long period the venerable inventor of Phonography was confined to his bed. When he recovered, he removed his desk from the Institute to his residence, thus saving himself the journey to and...
Page 5 - Phonography," accurately described the new method of writing, but the word was not in existence in English. So he thought at the time. " That must be the title," said Mr, Bagster, " it is a new name for a new thing.

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