Alphabets and Reading ; The initial teaching Alphabet
Starting draft and place holder - 08Oct9011
by Sir James Pitman, K.B.E., and John St. John
1 . Backward Readers : the Submerged Sixth.
2 . Essentials of the Reading Process.
3 . Theories of Reading Failures.
4 . Structure of English spelling.
5 . How Did the English Alphabet and Selling Happen? Great history of letters and spelling.
6 . Four Centuries of Spelling and Alphabet reform. Great background about reforms efforts. They each started good and became too complicated.
7 . The Initial Teaching Alphabet. Heart of the subject. do more of this chapter. He numbers each of the 44 sound/characters, which might be useful to programmers ; or a language might be formed of simply numbers. ;^)
The function of the twenty additional characters [digraphs] is to make up for the deficiencies of the orthodox alphabet ...
Some are too finely tuned for realism, the "th" symbol has the tail of the "T" turn in different directions to differentiate the "th" sound of "thin" and "then", which is without common distinction.
8 . i.t.a. and the Teacher.
The most superficial skimming of the last few pages should be enough to convince the sceptical that i.t.a. is no threat to the roman alphabet and this it does not introduce even the thinnest part of a wedge of spelling reform. . . . It is a teaching medium only: one that can be used iwth advantage in conjunction with any of the existing methods or with an eclectic combination of two or more of them.
The provision of sufficient characters to represent accurately each of the 40 phonemes required for the English language.
Each i.t.a. character represents a single phoneme only : the ambiguities and inconsistencies of orthodox print and spelling are removed, enabling full advantage to be taken of constructive syllable and word building and the recognition of reliable syllabic croes-relationships. The frequency and effectivness of repetition are greatly increased as a result of the large decrease in the quantity of selling.
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9 . How Effective is i.t.a? 1. The First British Experient. Mostly sucessful.
10. How Effective is i.t.a? 2. Vertict of the Teachers. Testamonials.
11. Remedial Teaching with i.t.a. Yes, this too. Both adults and children.
12. Teaching the Deaf and the Blind. Yep.
13. Future i.t.a. Research. Suggests using bold for long sounds. Or more clearly, and harder to impliment, is to change the font size with long sounds 6/5ths larger font and short sounds 5/6ths smaller font. For teaching, there is color available to add dimension. Two color techniques are available, background color and font color.
14. Why Wait any Longer?
15. World i.t.a and the Spread of English. This makes the same case for English as the world language as does Ogden for Basic English. I do take exception to English having few irregular verbs. Amazon has a title : "200 Irregular Verbs. "
Appendix I : Falsely Implied Relationships and Dis-relationships.
Appendix II : Comparison of Phonetic Alphabets and Spelling
Appendix III : Summary of Reserch in the the U.S.A.
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