Actions

Spelling standards and conventions::Spelling

::concepts

Spelling::language    English::spelling    Ndash::words    Standard::common    Column::writing    American::reform

Spelling standards and conventions Uniformity in the spelling of words is one of the features of a standard language in modern times, and official languages usually have standard spellings. However, this is a relatively recent development linked to the compiling of dictionaries, the founding of national academies and other institutions of language maintenance, including compulsory mass education,{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} and often doesn't apply to minority and regional languages.

In countries where there is an official language academy; such as France, the Netherlands, and Germany, reforms are regularly made so that spelling better matches the changing pronunciation.

Examples include:

English-language spelling reform proposals have been regularly made since the 16th century, but have made little impact apart from a few spellings preferred by Noah Webster having contributed to American and British English spelling differences.


Spelling sections
Intro   Spelling standards and conventions    Methods used to teach and learn spelling    Divergent spelling   Misspellings  See also  References  Further reading  [[Spelling?section=External</a>_links|External</a> links]]  

Spelling standards and conventions
PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Spelling standards and conventions
<<>>