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The English language is very poorly organized. Its spelling system should be redesigned.

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Started: 2/10/2015 Category: Miscellaneous
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bernartmontserrat

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English has an advantage because it uses the Latin alphabet, which is based on vowels and consonants. However, out of all of the major European languages in the world, it lacks organization and simplicity. Perhaps the best organized language in Europe is Spanish. It's phonetic, and no matter which part of the world you live in or your audience is from, the spelling is the same. Sadly, I can't say the same for English. English is the language of travel, trade, and politics, but it lacks structure. A single vowel can be pronounced up to 5 different ways, which drives people learning it crazy. It's time to set aside a team of skilled linguists to redesign a single (borderless) spelling system for the English language.
CASmnl42

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Thank you for this debate topic. As you have not posted any rules or definitions, I will presume you intend for this debate to proceed informally. I will use round one as you did to make a brief statement summarizing my position.

English is woolly and adventurous language. Like all languages, English evolves organically, with transformation to words, spellings, grammar and structure occurring subtly and constantly in the ebb and flow of human conversation over centuries. From its diverse German, French, Greek and Latin roots, English boasts a rich, exuberant vocabulary, suffused with refined Norman elegance and stout Saxon potency.

English is ungovernable. Spread globally as the tongue of the British Empire, the English language has evolved independently in those nations where it has taken permanent root, as in the United States and Australia, each of which contributes its unique vocabulary and dialects to English conversation. Any attempt to standardize spelling and pronunciation across such a diverse population as English-speaking peoples is doomed to failure. One of the best-known attempts at standardization and simplification - Noah Webster's dictionary and reformed spelling - had precisely the opposite effect, as it cemented the divide between standard American and British spelling. In all likelihood, even if a modern attempt to standardize English gain traction, it would simply add to the existing complexity by introducing a third major English variant while failing to supplant the existing British and American standards.

No doubt, English is a mess of contradictory rules imposed inconsistently on a phonetically insufficient alphabet. But it's a lovely mess, and quite a lot of fun to play with.
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