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Your analogies are unfairt Carrol. No one is suggesting the suppression of
English
or a completely chaotic use of spelling. To say that sound should drive
spelling,
and not the reverse is not to advocate chaos. Besides, who reads in the
dark?

Peter
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2006 6:45 AM
Subject: Re: 'Tyger' and 'Vrka' (Was: 'Mind forged menacles' and spelling )


> Peter Montgomery wrote:
> >
> > Transpose your question to Elizabethan times (where I live) and
> > think of the effect of all the different spelling possibilities that
hap-
> > pened then (how many ways did Shakespare spell his name).
> > I suspect it used to be sound that drove spelling, not spelling, sound.
> > Today homogenised spelling has put sound in a straight jacket.
>
> A couple decades ago 1000s in South Africa were risking death,
> imprisonment, or worse to demand that English continue to be taught in
> Black schools. Why? Because English was the common language of those
> resisting the brutal occupation of their land by Europeans. Teaching the
> local language only in each school would would have been one route to
> atomizing and stifling the literation struggle.
>
> Most on this list have probably at one time or another ridden in someone
> else's car after dark and had the experience of frustrated groping for
> the door handle when they were getting out. Perhaps some have also been
> irritated by different combinations to control water volume or
> temperature in the bathrooms of different hotels and homes. Or struggle
> to find the green beans they have been buying for years among the 12
> different slight variations currently on the shelves for each brand
> name. If time is life, then these innumerable "possibilities" among
> which one must choose eat one's life away.
>
> It is childish when considering variability vs standardization to assume
> that all standarization leads to unfreedom, all multiplicity of
> possibility leads to freedom.
>
> Carrol
>
>
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