A Plea for Spelling Reform: A Series of Tracts Comp. from the Phonetic Journal and Other Periodicals, Recommending an Enlarged Alphabet and a Reformed Spelling of the English Language

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Sir Isaac Pitman
Fred. Pitman, 1878 - Spelling reform
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Page 1 - ... it is better to bear the ills we have, than fly to others that we know not of.
Page 3 - As language was at its beginning merely oral, all words of necessary or common use were spoken before they were written; and while they were unfixed by any visible signs, must have been spoken with great diversity, as we now observe those who cannot read to catch sounds imperfectly, and utter them negligently.
Page 1 - A more lying, round-about, puzzleheaded delusion than that by which we confuse the clear instincts of truth in our accursed system of spelling was never concocted by the father of falsehood. How can a system of education flourish that begins by so monstrous a falsehood, which the sense of hearing suffices to contradict?
Page 13 - For any one who believes in the civilising power of letters and often talks of this belief, to think that he has for more than twenty years got his living by inspecting schools for the people, has gone in and out among them, has seen that the power of letters never reaches them at all and that the whole study of letters is thereby discredited and its power called in question, and yet has attempted nothing to remedy this state of things, cannot but be vexing and disquieting. He may truly say, like...

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