International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Necessary Herculean Task: Re-Writing the English Orthography
Sotiloye, B. S.; Bodunde, H. A.

It is widely known that the orthography of the English language lacks accuracy and consistency which often results in ambiguity and redundancy. English has been described as the world’s worst spelt language and this has been of great concern to most users especially where it is learnt as a second language. The discrepancies between the sounds and their graphemes have made writing a Herculean task for many. This paper identifies the divergent spellings of some English words that have resulted from the intuition of the second language learner and the danger it portends. It also proposes a phoneme-grapheme correspondence for the English language. It advocates a collaborative work by teachers of and researchers in English, linguists, orthography designers, aided by the government in bringing to fruition the desires of the generality of users of the English language to reduce the great task of spelling and writing the language.

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