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Regularized English (was: RE: CONLANG Digest - 10 May 2000 (stillmainly English)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 11, 2000, 21:59
And Rosta wrote:

> Can "aisle" be "aile"?
Just so.
> > Reg.Ing. changes laughter to lafter, or laafter in Brit.Reg.Ing. > > The lass/glass contrast occurs only in SE England, & those places to > which English was exported in the nineteenth century. I don't think it > should be called "Brit.Reg.Ing.", and I'm not persuaded that a true > Brit RegIng should have "laafter".
I agree, actually; I think the Reg.Ing. "aa" digraph is pretty much unnecessary. I think Wijk introduced it to help non-native speakers who are learning RP. One of his interesting "propagation" ideas is to have the English-teaching establishments in non-anglophone countries adopt Reg.Ing., thus effectively creating a beachhead for the reform.
> I suppose the best thing would > be to leave the choice of laafter/lafter up to the writer,
Wijk believes that uncertain spellings are worse than a small number of standardized conventions, preferably one (but two is tolerable). -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)