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English Spelling Reform and Innovation

This page presents the Four Essential Travel Phrases in English using various spelling reforms and innovations with the Latin Alphabet.

Items shown below:  Initial Teaching Alpahabet, Petersonian English, and Unifon alphabet
Items on other pages:  alternate writing systems, International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), Shavian & Quickscript, and shorthand


Initial Teaching Alpahabet

Sir James Pitman designed the Initial Teaching Alphabet (i.t.a.) in 1959 to help children more easily acquire English reading and writing skills.
(He was the grandson of Sir Isaac Pitman, the inventor of Pitman shorthand.)

The alphabet was used in British schools in the 1960s and 70s but its use has since declined.
It is still in use at a limited number of schools in the UK, the US, and other countries.

[Initial Teaching Alpahabet]

Writing system information at Omniglot

Photos of books using ITA

The Initial Teaching Alpahabet is abbreviated as ITA, i.t.a., and i/t/a.


Petersonian English Alphabet

The Petersonian English Alphabet (PEA) was created by David Peterson as an overhaul of the English spelling system.

1) Wer iz may ruwm?

2) Wer iz dho biych?

3) Wer iz dho bar?

4) Downt toch miy dher!


Unifon Alphabet

The Unifon alphabet was created by John Malone in 1959 as a way to write English phonemically.


Writing system information at Omniglot and Unifon.org

The four essential
travel phrases in English:

1) Where is my room?
2) Where is the beach?
3) Where is the bar?
4) Don't touch me there!
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