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ERIC Number: ED198477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
A Phonic Alphabet.
Brand, Clara S.
A great deal of time could be saved in all grades and for all content areas if a truly phonic alphabet were developed. This alphabet would have only one symbol for each sound and only one sound for each symbol so that beginning readers could learn to pronounce any word they could see and spell any word they could pronounce correctly. Such an alphabet could be created by using double vowels for all long vowels and by eliminating all silent letters, obscure vowels, and duplicate consonants. For example, "c" would be used only in "ch," its soft sound would always be spelled with "s," and its hard sound would be "k." The sound of "a" in "father" is so close to short "o," that the "o" symbol would do for both. A problem is posed by the sound spelled "oo" in book and "u" in "bush"; however, since "y" and "w" would be eliminated because their sounds are taken by other letters, perhaps one of them could be used. Another suggestion would be to use boldface type for long vowels. Typists would then have to follow long vowels by a hyphen or other symbol while long hand writers would simply put a mark like the cross of a "t" over long vowels. To initiate this program, periodicals and newspapers could publish one article printed both ways in each issue for a year. Through this system, English would suddenly become one of the easiest languages to learn and there would be no more students who cannot read. (FL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Language Reform