Old English/Anglo-Saxon
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19-02-2015, 09:42 AM
RE: Old English/Anglo-Saxon
(19-02-2015 09:10 AM)yakherder Wrote:  Most of the successful attempts to intentionally change language have been in regards to written language, such as when King Sejong tasked a team of 15th century nerds to create the modern Korean alphabet rather than sticking with Chinese wiring, which is today still one of the more phonetically consistent writing systems out there. Whether or not that contributes to South Korea's high literacy rate is arguable.

Theodore Roosevelt tried to endorse a move to modify some word spellings to make them more phonetically rational, but met near universal opposition. People don't like to change.

There's always Esperanto...

Yet Noah Webster did that exact same thing as Teddy... and was met with great results. Now my fellow Yanks often scoff at words like Colour, theatre, etc.

I think for some reason that Victorian area was ripe for grammatical rules and spelling changes being accepted. Perhaps it was some connection to formulating school systems and fledgling out an identity of ones own for a nation.

Incubus, the Shatner film in entirely spoken in Esperanto is a fantastic film. That language has brought us that. And probably something else...

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