Spelling Reform

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.

Spelling reform may also be associated with wider discussion of what the official script should be, language planning and language reform.

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... 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 ... Nevertheless, some of the spellings survived and are commonly used in American English today, such as anaemia/anæmia→anemia and mould→mold ...
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... 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 ... 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 ...
Romanian Alphabet - Special Letters - Î Versus Â
... 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 to an etymological rule ... 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 ...

Famous quotes containing the words reform and/or spelling:

    Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again, it will solve the problem of the age.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    As to spelling the very frequent word though with six letters instead of two, it is impossible to discuss it, as it is outside the range of common sanity. In comparison such a monstrosity as phlegm for flem is merely disgusting.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)