The internet to transform spelling

The internet to transform spelling

Date
June 3,  2013

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David Crystal, professor of linguistics at Bangor University, said that it  would be ”inevitable” that people would drop the ”P” from receipt, and  change the ”C” from necessary into an ”S”, as well as ”simplifying” other  words.

Is it one ‘C’ and two ‘S’s in necessary or two ‘C’s and one ‘S’? At the  moment it matters, but over time one spelling will emerge and probably a simpler  spelling will emerge.

”Is it one ‘C’ and two ‘S’s in necessary or two ‘C’s and one ‘S’?” he said.  ”At the moment it matters, but over time one spelling will emerge and probably  a simpler spelling will emerge.” Professor Crystal said he started monitoring  the word ”rhubarb” 10 years ago, by typing the correct spelling into a search  engine, and then typing in the word without the ‘H’.

He said: ”I got millions of hits for rhubarb with the ‘H’, and just one or  two without the ‘H’. I did the same job a few years later, and without the ‘H’  got hundreds of hits, and then a few years later hundreds of thousands of  hits.

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”But think ahead 50 years – and this is the timeframe over which spellings  change – and rhubarb with the ‘H’ and rhubarb without ‘H’ will be equal.”

He said that the ”H” was illogical and was never included in Middle  English.

”The internet will influence spelling,” he said. ”It will get rid of some  letters that irritate us, the letters that instinctively we feel shouldn’t be  there. But it will take time.”

He said it was neither good nor bad that spelling was changing, but it was  ”inevitable”.

Professor Crystal also criticised Michael Gove and the UK Department for  Education’s insistence on teaching phonics. ”To be told by the government that  it has to be entirely phonics is absurd, because the English language is a mix  of phonics and whole words.”

Telegraph, London

3 thoughts on “The internet to transform spelling

  1. ”The internet will influence spelling,” he said. ”It will get rid of some  letters that irritate us, the letters that instinctively we feel shouldn’t be  there. But it will take time.”

    This quote could be used in a paragraph to give a specific example of how English, specifically the spelling system, will change in the future.

  2. I would use quotes such as “it would be ”inevitable” that people would drop the ”P” from receipt, and change the ”C” from necessary into an ”S”, as well as ”simplifying” other words.” Or variants of this to support simplification of language and language change.

  3. David Crystal, professor of linguistics at Bangor University, said that it would be ”inevitable” that people would drop the ”P” from receipt, and change the ”C” from necessary into an ”S”, as well as ”simplifying” other words.
    This could be used in a paragraph that has to do with influences on language change, as technology is changing the language frequently and people are always shortening words due to technology.

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