Text Patterns - by Alan Jacobs

Monday, August 31, 2009

Keats in SoundSpel

Mi hart aeks, and a drouzy numnes paens
Mi sens, as tho of hemlok I had drunk,
Or emptyd sum dul oepiaet to the draens
Wun minit past, and Lethe-wards had sunk. ...

The opening lines of Keats's 'Ode on a Nightingale' in SoundSpel, the simplified spelling system promoted by Ed Rondthaler, who just died at the age of 104.


  • And if you enjoy reading about him, then you've really got to see this excellent short video of Mr. Rondthaler's low-tech PowerPoint-style pitch for spelling reform, shot when he was 102. The big finish alone is worth the price of admission:


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