Many languages have undergone spelling reform, where a deliberate, often officially sanctioned or mandated, change to spelling takes place. Proposals for such reform are also common.
There are a number of reasons driving such reforms: easing the task of children or immigrants becoming literate, making the language more useful for international communication or aesthetic or political reasons.
Opposition to reforms is often based upon concern that old literature will become inaccessible, the presumed suppression of regional accents, or simple conservatism based upon concern over unforeseen consequences. Reforms that concentrate on removing unnecessary difficulties ought to take account of such arguments. Consistency is more important than phonemic consistency alone. Reform efforts are further hampered by habit and, in many countries, a lack of a central authority to set new spelling standards.
Other articles related to "spelling reform, spelling, reform, spellings":
... Armenian Spelling reform of the Armenian language 1922-1924 Catalan the spelling of the Catalan language was standardized, mostly by Pompeu Fabra in the early 20th century ... Czech The spelling of the Czech language was reformed and regularised as early as the 15th century through the publication of the manuscript ... Danish In a 1948 reform, the Danish language abandoned the capitalization of common nouns (originally a German-inspired rule) to align with the other ...
... For a few decades until a spelling reform in 1904, as many as four or five letters had been used for the same phoneme (â, ê, î, û, and occasionally ô), according ... The 1904 reform saw only two letters remaining, â and î, the choice of which followed rules that changed several times during the 20th century ... A minor spelling reform in 1964 brought back the letter â, but only in the spelling of român "Romanian" and all its derivatives, including the name of the country ...
... capitalized, as in German, until the 1948 spelling reform ... A spelling reform in 1948 introduced the letter å, already in use in Norwegian and Swedish, into the Danish alphabet to replace the digraph aa the old ... The same spelling reform changed the spelling of a few common words, such as the past tense vilde (would), kunde (could) and skulde (should), to their current forms of ville, kunne and skulle (making them ...
... grammar (1633) with proposals to improve spelling to a phonetic alphabet ... In his book, Butler condemned the vagaries of traditional English spelling and proposed the adoption of a system whereby 'men should write altogeđer according to đe sound now ...
... The Simplified Spelling Board was founded in the United States in 1906 ... In April 1906 it published a list of 300 words, which included 157 spellings that were already in common use in American English ... Congress passed a resolution and the old spellings were reintroduced ...
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