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Reinventing the English language...

Item # 646632

September 21, 1850

WECLI FONETIC ADVOCET, Sinsinati, O., Septembur 21, 1850  [Weekly Phonetic Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio] dated August 24, 1850  This is one of the more curious newspapers of the 19th century. There was a movement afoot to create a new mode of writing & spelling: to spell words as they sounded, phonetically. Obviously it never caught on, but it did result in this unusual newspaper which is almost entirely written phonetically. This newspaper lasted a bit over 3 years.
The front page: "Explanation" begins: "The Spelling and Writing Reform consists in the introduction of a complete alphabet of 40 letters (which represents all the sounds of the English language.)..." with more (see), and adjacent to it is the: "English Phonetic Alphabet". Note that the mastheads says this is: "A Jurnal ov Nuz, Siens, Lituratur, Educasun and Reform."
Four pages, irregular at the spine, otherwise in nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War