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    #11

    Re: Why have there been so few orthography reforms in English?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Good grief. Have they really? Plow? Surely you jest.
    I must make a better effort to stay awake. But in any case I will go to my grave believing it's plough
    I should have added in American English. I wouldn't be surprised if plough​ is still preferred up north in Canada.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #12

    Re: Why have there been so few orthography reforms in English?

    They still speak proper English there?

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    #13

    Re: Why have there been so few orthography reforms in English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It succeeded in American English(...)
    How hard is it to master another accent for a native speaker? You have a different problem to overcome than the one non-native speakers have. How hard is it to get rid of something that's already automatic for you?

    Also, why is "gh" so popular in so many different spelling ideas for how to represent a specific type of pronunciation?
    For exaplne: "light" and "lite", where "magic e" is used in the same way "gh" is used
    Last edited by Glizdka; 25-Apr-2019 at 09:37.

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    #14

    Re: Why have there been so few orthography reforms in English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    How hard is it to master another accent for a native speaker? You have a different problem to overcome than the one non-native speakers have. How hard is it to get rid of something that's already automatic for you?
    The ability to.duplicate accents varies enormously. I recently met a man from Gambia who can easily convince people from Jamaica that he is one of them. My own efforts to mimic a Jamaican accent beget laughter rather than belief. Some people just have a much better ear than others.

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