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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: '... and rimmain yoor obeddeend omble zervand'; the invented spelling system of William Baillie of Dunain (1789-1869)
Author(s): Fabb, Nigel
Hutchison, Iain C
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Keywords: Mental impairment
spelling systems
Spelling reform 19th century
English language Orthography and spelling
English language Phonology
Baillie, William, 1789-1869
People with mental disabilities
Issue Date: 2005
Date Deposited: 10-Feb-2009
Citation: Fabb N & Hutchison IC (2005) '... and rimmain yoor obeddeend omble zervand'; the invented spelling system of William Baillie of Dunain (1789-1869). Transactions of the Philological Society, 103 (3), pp. 323-338.
Abstract: William Baillie invented his own spelling system, which is used in six of his letters of the 1830s and 1840s. Among his practices are his use of 'voiced' consonant letters such as 'd' for both voiced and voiceless consonants such as [t] and [d], doubling of word-medial consonants, and respelling and addition of diacritics to vowels. A forced recluse considered to have a mental infirmity brought on by his residency in Bombay and Baghdad, Baillie's practice shows an intelligent attempt to understand the relation between spelling and sound, perhaps inspired by his knowledge of Persian and Arabic, and possibly showing a knowledge of the spelling system proposed by James Elphinston.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1467-968X.2005.00156.x
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