'Simplfy English spellings' says British academic
He proposes turning "give" into "giv", "river" into "rivver" and embracing Americanisms such as "organize" with a "z".
Wells believes irregular spelling confuses school children, making their lives more complicated.
"It seems to be a great pity that English-speaking countries are holding back children in this way," Prof Wells will say.
"In Finnish, once you have learned the letters, you know how to spell, so it would be ludicrous to hold spelling tests. In countries like Italy and Spain it's similar.
"But with English it's not phonetic, and there are just so many irregularities.".
In a statement bound to bring him into direct confrontation with traditionalists, Prof Wells will say that abbreviations commonly used in text messaging should be used more widely.
"Text messaging, email and internet chat rooms are showing us the way forward for English."
"Let's allow people greater freedom to spell logically. It's time to remove the fetish that says that correct spelling is a principal (principle?) mark of being educated," Prof Wells will say.
Prof Wells will also claim the apostrophe causes unnecessary linguistic barriers.
"Instead of an apostrophe," he will say, "we could just leave it out (it's could become its) or leave a space (so we'll would become we ll).
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