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The following spelling guidelines are of course all up for moot, but are intended at least to lay the groundwork for a standardized spelling system for the Anglish project.
When building Anglish articles and otherwise writing in Anglish on this Wiki, it is general practice for editors to spell all included Modern English words in their usual shape, and to spell any neologisms according to the typical patterns of English lettering either on a common sense grounding or in accordance with philological theory. To put it differently, Anglish spelling is essentially the same as Modern English spelling, for newly made or revived words are adapted to fit in with the broad "look" of English text.
There are, however, cases where some editors argue that the spelling of a particular Modern English word of pure stock should be altered for Anglish use. For instance, the words "tongue" and "island" are both of pure Anglo-Saxon/Germanic origin, but both have "corrupted" spellings in the sense that they strayed under foreign inflow to "unnatural" forms. Alternatives such as "tung" and "iland," among some others, have been proposed, but clear consensus on these issues has yet to be reached.
A B C D Ð E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T Þ U V W X Y Z
- In the matter of J and Z, these letters only arise very seldom in pure English words, examples being "jowl" and "freeze." An argument can be made that these two letters need not to be used in Anglish, for, in the case of the examples, "jowl" can be reformed as "chowl" (perhaps a more legitimate form grounded on its etymology), and "freeze" can be respelled as "freese." However, such changes, as well as the aforementioned special cases of words like "tongue" and "island" must be mooted and consensus reached.
- Anglish uses two additional letters, the eth Ð, ð and thorn Þ, þ; both letters were used interchangeable in OE but Anglish recognizes the original use of the eth only for voiced sounds (as in "there" or "that") and the thorn for voiceless sounds (as in "thing" or "thought").