The Christian Work and the Evangelist Volume 81

The Christian Work and the Evangelist Volume 81

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...can there be a uniform system of phonetic spelling so long as the same words are differently pronounced in different localities?" Every intelligent observer will notice that the trouble here originates with the wrong spelling rather than with the pronunciation. So long as no dependence can be had upon uniformity of the sounds of the written characters so long will pronunciations continue to differ. What is the use of writing the word "neigh," and then being obliged to teach the foreigner that he must pronounce it the same as "nay," which is spelled so differently? Take, for instance, the common "ough," which is pronounced in almost as many ways as the words containing it, and differently almost every time we write it, as in "though," "plough," "cough," "hiccough," etc., and what needless explanations--all useless and uncalled for if the words were simply written as ordinarily pronounced, thus, "tho" "plow," "koff," "hikup," etc. How can we expect a uniform pronunciation so long as the written characters give no idea of the sound? Swift gets the cart before the horse and attempts to "progress backward." This won't do. Gradually, very slowly, it is true, but yet surely, we are now moving in the right drection. Our language is being simplified and made easier, more intelligent and better every day by the two processes of elimination and substitution--eliminating the dead wood (silent letters) and substituting live letters which represent the real sounds in the place of those whichdo not. When this reformation of the language is finally complete, if ever, the written and the vocal will exactly correspond. more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 50mm | 1,751g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123685828X
  • 9781236858283