The Simplification of English Spelling

The Simplification of English Spelling

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ... said the gentleman. Sally was recalled, and the following conversation took place. "How old are you, Sally 1" "Going thirteen, Sir." "Were you long at school %" "Not very; I left it at twelve, and came here to service." "How old were you when you went to school?" "I think I was about eight, Sir." "What school were you at 1" "The parish school, Sir." Then, turning to the shopkeeper, the stranger asked if the schoolmaster was a clever man; and on hearing that he was nothing particular, he said to Sally, "How do you know how to spell that word?" "I read it on a cart one day." "Were you ever at the place?" "No, Sir." The gentleman copied down the word as Sally had spelt it, and subsequently found that the poor little ignorant maid-of-all-work had spelt correctly a word which defied his boasted learning. If this story be correctly reported, it offers a nice puzzle for orthographists to unravel. Much discussion has taken place regarding the peculiar nature of the spelling faculty. That the power of spelling does not altogether depend on education is now almost universally admitted. Moreover, that different degrees of spelling power are manifested in individuals of much the same educational acquirements and intelligence is a matter of everyday observation. It is well known that children of the same family, with about the same amount of mental power and training, spell with very different degrees of facility. Some people attribute this to a difference in ear, others to a difference in eye. Yet neither of these opinions is satisfactory, for no doubt, although the possession of a good musical ear is a great advantage, yet there are more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236615719
  • 9781236615718