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Newsletter Winter 1982 part 1.

Information Technology 1982

Patron: H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T.
Founded in 1908 with William Archer, F. J. Furnivall, Israel Gollancz, A. W. Pollard and W. W. Skeat
Former Presidents: Professor Daniel Jones, D.Phil., LL.D., M.A.,
Professor Gilbert Murray, O.M., D.C.L., D.Litt., F.B.A.,
Sir James Pitman, K.B.E.,
Professor W.W. Skeats, Lit.D., LLD., D.C.L., Ph.D.
President: Professor John Downing Ph.D., A.B.Ps.S., B.A.
Vice-Presidents: The Rt. Hon. The Lord Maybray-King, P.C., Ph.D.:
Professor D. Abercrombie, B.A.; Professor A.C. Gimson.

Hon. Secretary: Mr Stanley Gibbs, Middlesex.
Hon. Tresurer: Miss Mona Cross, Northampton.

Opinions expressed in this Newsletter are not necessarily those of the Society.


The Secretary, Mr Stanley Gibbs, reports on the Annual General Meeting, held in London on 26 September, and on recent committee meetings.

1. Committee for 1982/3: Mr. C. Jolly (Chairman), Mr. S. Gibbs (Hon. Sec.), Miss Mona Cross (Hon.Treasurer), Mrs Elsie Oakensen, Messrs. W.J. Reed, G. Rae, A. Bye, H Cookson and L Fennelly.

2. Action in hand: Further publicity and advertizing is being undertaken. Mr. Fennelly is to prepare a revized Constitution and Financial Regulations, and the 1977 Constitution will be discussed at the next Committee meeting.

3. Historical Records. A collection is being made of the most valuable historical records, books, accountants and correspondence of the Society since it began in 1908, for the Mont Follick Library at the University of Manchester. Please inform Miss Mona Cross if you have such material that you would be willing to donate or have photo-copied, and list what it is, to avoid duplication.

4. Newell Tune's book, SPELLING REFORM: A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY is on sale at £16 from Valerie Yule, Old Aberdeen, Scotland. (Book Review in this Newsletter.)

5. Annual Spelling Day, September 30 to continue to be recommended as it gave the public awareness and publicity about spelling.

6. The report on the Edinburgh Conference on Reading and Spelling sponsored by the Society in 1981 was received. This has been reported on in previous Newsletters. Its recommendations to individuals to adopt personally are particularly supported as interim mesures that everyone can adopt: using e for the short sound of e as in bet, and f for the sound f as in fotografy.

7. Society policy. It was established that Nue Speling in its October 1971 amended form is the official SSS system. These amendments were:-
a) th to represent both θ and ð as in thick and that.
b) a in words where pronunciation varies from a to aa as in master, plant.
c) the use of oo and uu as in fuul moon and guud food.
d) to replace ue with yoo only in yoor, yooth.

Spelling Day 1983.







pesant, phesant, plesant, red, redy, relm, sed, ses, spred, stedy, stelth, swet.)
Draw a breth for progress,
Tred abrest ahed.
Fight agenst old spelling,
Better "red" than "read".

Spred the words at brekfast,
Mesure them in bed,
Dream of welth and tresure,
Better "ded" than "dead".


Dear Members,

With this Newsletter you will receive an S.P.Bulletin published by Newell Tune. We expect to send you another in the next Newsletter. Both give copies of the 1981 Edinburgh Conference lectures, and both are paid for by your Society.

Our Secretary, Stanley Gibbs, will have reported on the A.G.M. To that I need to add some financial notes in which you may be interested. At the A.G.M. the official Balance Sheet and Accounts statements were circulated. [Financial details have been omitted.]

I wish you could all have attended the special meeting of July 17th at which Professor John Downing talked about, and then discussed with us, our direction for the immediate future. The intelligent, lively discussion, and the plesant atmosfere, made it well worth the trouble of the journey to London. One result of that meeting is reflected in the accompanying paper "Proposed Statement of the Society's Policies". It was compiled by a committee of three, Mr. L. R. Fennelly, Mr. Chris. Jolly, and Mr. H. Cookson. Visiting members at the meeting were from foreign parts, and Mr. Schmitz op der Beck of Cologne brought a Professor of Economics from Japan, Dr. Hirao Takagiwa of Aichigakuin University, Aichiken. The international interest in spelling reform will help to bring it about. For me personally, the contact with friendly, interested foreigners is one of my perks for the job of Hon. Tresurer. However, before international interest can be harnessed, we have to have a tolerably acceptable plan for forcing into the printing of the language some simple changes.

I have received some most interesting letters from members. It is as disappointing to me as it must be to them that sometimes I have not been able to send them a reply. So I want to assure you that the subject matter of your letters is brought up at meetings at appropriate times and well noted. And thank you for writing.

Committee member Alun Bye feels that a new name is needed for the Society. Do you?

With gratitude for your concern, and for your encouragement,

Yours sincerely,
Mona Cross
Hon. Tresurer of the Simplified Spelling Society.


 Members and intending members are reminded that £5 subscription is due by January 1983.

Simplified Spelling Society
Proposed Statement of the Society's Policies

1. It is considered impractical for a complete re-casting of English spelling to take place in one single exercise.

2. The Society therefore favours a gradual change over an extended period of time through a series of stages.

3. The Society believes that it is essential to interest all those authorities, including Government and the Universities, in the advantages of spelling reform and the Society's proposals for bringing it about.

4. The Society takes as its standard the Received Pronunciation of English but it should be mindful of the needs of regional pronunciations which it would not seek to undermine.

5. The Society considers that the immediate need is to work on reformed spelling using the existing alfabet but that the introduction of additional symbols should not be precluded at a later date.

6. In producing this statement of policy the Society in no way wishes to inhibit the discussion of alternative approaches.

CJHJ/LRF. 28.9.82.

Some points from letters:-

Mr. J. R. Brummell writes: "I notice that the 200 basic words given on certain '200 basic words' gramofone records are found to be the same in various languages. A nucleus of simplified words obtained in this way could be assimilated by people in general, but also by those just beginning to spell." (Ogden's 500-word Basic English in simplified spelling? Ed.)

Spelling petrification society.
Mr Richard Lung asks for a Mont Follick Foundation in honor of the late Dr. Mont Follick's parliamentary aim of a short, consistently-used English alfabet. "There might be an annual event or meeting of M.P.s and peers, such as spoke on spelling reform early this year, in honor of Dr. Mont Follick. There might be lesser more regular consultations.. One of the few M.P.s who can, perhaps, remember his 'crusade' was 'a Cardiff M.P.' called James Callaghan. It was he who supplied the word 'crusade', when Dr. Mont Follick paused for a moment. Yes, a crusade, he sed, Thank you!" Mr Lung discusses how such a Foundation could be set up and operated.
(It is worth checking on what has happened to Dr. Follick's fortune, left, like Shaw's, in the hope of furthering spelling reform, but in the event hardly directed as he would have wished. Ed.)

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