NLA Discussionand Question: Plain English
crademan at jomax.net
Sat Jun 6 08:59:25 EDT 1998
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George Demetrion wrote:
> Good point, but changing the spelling of English does not sound plain and
> simple at all.
Cut Spelling would shorten text 20%, save paper, make us ALL faster
readers, and reduce the number of difficult words in English writing.
What could be simpler than deciding to always use the easiest of two
variant spellings, and to drop doubled letters wherever possible?
Please look at the Cut Spelling Handbook:
http://sol.aston.ac.uk/book/cutspelhb.html Modernizing English writing
makes sense. Phonetic methods look too strange to my eyes. Cut
Spelling is a well-designed compromise which keeps the look and feel of
traditional orthography while reducing complexity.
I'm looking for ANY research that has investigated the correlation of IQ
score with ability to read at specific grade levels. That is, at IQ of
100, what is the average English reading comprehension grade level
achieved? Please write to the list or to me privately if you know of
any studies which have researched this question! Thanks very much!
Best wishes, Christine Rademan
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