A Minniature ov Inglish Orthoggraphy by James Elphinston

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1. _Introduccion_
2. _Orthoggraphy ascertained in dhe vowels, and dheir serviles_
3. _Vocal substitucion, licenced and licencious_
4. _Ov open and shut vowels_
5. _Ov dhe aspirates and dheir insertives_
6. _Ov redundant serviles_
7. _Ov impracticabel articulacion_
8. _Ov false aspiracion_
9. _Dhe guttural aspirate lost, or transmuted by moddern organs_
10. _Old _R_ aspirate_
11. _Oddher antiquated idellers_
12. _Final fantoms, or dubblers ov final forms_
13. _Oddher falsifiers, medial or final; licquids or sibbilants;
particcularly _TI_ for a sibbilacion_
14. _Dhe orthoggraphy ov propper names_
15. _Dhe fundamental principel ov orthoggraphy_
16. _The orthographic riddle_

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Hwen evvery oddher language, and at last our own, haz been reduced to'
science; rendered accountabel to' natives, and accessibel to' straingers;
hwence iz it, dhat our practice, growing daily more a contrast dhan an
exemplificacion ov our theory, tempts ignorance to' speak, az blind habbit
spels; raddher dhan to' dream ov spelling, az propriety exhibbits her
unremitted harmony, hweddher in word or writing? For propriety, hwarevver
herd, can be seen onely in her picture: nor can dhis be duly drawn, but
from dhe oridginal; or dhe likenes long prezerved, in dhe coppies ov

Scarce creddibel doz it seem, to' dhe anallogists ov oddher diccions, dhat
hiddherto', in Inglish exhibiscion, evvery vowel and evvery consonant ar
almoast az often falsifiers az immages ov dhe truith. Hetteroggraphy
indeed, or false litterary picture, can arize onely from won, or a
combinacion, ov foar cauzes: redundance, defiscience; mischoice, or

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It iz not now new, dhat evvery Inglish vowel haz, not onely a longuer and
shorter, but even a different sound, az open or shut by a consonant; dho _A
braud_, open and shut, differ but in quantity. Nor iz it yet a secret, dhat
certain mutes, or silent letters, (espescially vocal quiescents,) ar named
_serviles_; rendering essencial az vizzibel service, boath to' vowels and
consonants. Hware such gards ar wanted, dhey doutles wil attend; and, hwen
dhey proov superfluous, az reddily widhdraw. Dhus dhe open vowel ov dhe
simpel shuts, and dhe serviles vannish, in dhe penultimate ov dhe compound:
_shake_, _Shakspear_; _chear_, _cherfool_; _vine_, _vinyard_, and dhe like.
So formatives: _stare_ and _stair_, _starling_; _steer_, _sterling_;
_shere_, _sherrif_; _child_, _children_; _kind_, _kindred_; _know_,
_knollege_; and dhe rest.

Evvery open ear must allow dhe aspiracion (_h_) to' articculate iniscially
dhe braud vocal licquid (_w_); nor longuer imadgine dhat _wh_, apparent,
can becom _hw_ real; or dhat _what_, _whale_, _wheels_, can rascionally
paint dhe power ov _hwat_, _hwale_, _hweels_. Dhe braud licquid (_w_) haz
no place in _hoal_, total; or in _hore_, prostitute; distinct alike, to'
dhe eye, from _hole_ and _hoar_. But _wh_, iniscial, may wel prommise _hw_;
if _le_ and _re_, boath final, may picture _el_ and _er_: az we admire, not
onely on dhe _little theatre_, but in dhe _centre_ ov dhe _battle_! Dho a
tutch ov Rezons wand wil restore dhe buty ov truith; at wonce to' dhe
_littel theater_, and to' dhe _center_ ov dhe _battel_; az such buty beamed
in dhe former century.

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