24 August 2009

Excellent Quote: Chomsky on English Spelling

conventional orthography is ... a near optimal system for the lexical representation of English words.
Chomsky, N. & Halle, M. (1968) The Sound Pattern of English

Compare to Mark Twain's "Spelling Reform: A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling,"

Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

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