I'm purposedly writing this in English (and not Anglish) to get you guy my idea.

It's basically a spelling reform that gets away with any problem given by the "mute e" and, therefore, solves the question about orthographic correctedness of English words.

Great Vowel Shift and long vowelsEdit

As we know from Old English (and Old Norse, as well as other languages - modern or not), vowels had different lengths, and this was marked with a "macron" symbol over the long vowel. Long vowels have undergone the (in-)famous Great Vowel Shift, and this is what got into my mind.

Short vowel Pronounciation Long vowel Pronounciation
slat /slæt/ slát (slatɇ) /sleɪt/
met /mɛt/ mét (metɇ) /miːt/
grip /ɡrɪp/ gríp (gripɇ) /ɡraɪp/
cod /kɒd/ cód (codɇ) /koʊd/
run /rʌn/ rún (runɇ) /ruːn/

(the acute accent can be changed with macron-ed vowels ā ē ī ō ū)

This method can be - of course - used with "mute e" and long vowels inside words:

flyhaven flíhávn

Substitute í with /aɪ/ and á with /eɪ/ and you will get /ˈflaɪˌheɪvən/, airport.

Grammatical gender in AnglishEdit

Modern English language has given away with the grammatical gender, an important feature of Old English and of most of the languages in the world. Old English had three grammatical genders (masculine, feminine and neuter), reflected by different determiners.

For example, sēo sunne (the Sun) was feminine, se mōna (the Moon) was masculine, and þæt wīf (the woman/wife) was neuter.

I think we can use a two-grammatical gender system, with a common gender and a neuter gender, like - for example - Dano-Norwegian and Swedish. Using the Old English examples above, we might get þe Sun (common), þe Mún (common) and þet wíf (neuter).

What about articles? Easy enough: a / an would be replaced with en / et (both coming from Old English ān, which originally didn't have a neuter form for the numeral one). The neuter article et is - of course - based on the neuter þet (it is a common Germanic feature to create neuters with a -t end).


English Anglish IPA
an airplane en flícraft (c.) /ɛn ˈflaɪˌcræft/
an helmet en helm (c.) /ɛn ˈhɛlm/
a book en búc (c.) /ɛn ˈbuːk/
a reich et rík (n.) /ɛt ˈraɪk/
a tree et tré (n.) /ɛt ˈtɹiː/
a train et túg (n.) /ɛt ˈtuːɡ/
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