AKSES is not Reformed Spelling. It is devoid of spelling. Words are "spoken" on paper by assembling sequences of phonemic characters, the same way they are spoken orally by blending sequences of phonemic sounds. This process makes intuitive sense to beginning readers and writers. A child learns the names of phonemic characters instead of alphabet letters. It is an easy task because the character’s names are the sounds a child knows from learning its vocabulary. (Memorizing the alphabetical sequence of the characters is not necessary until needed for looking up the meanings of words in dictionaries.) Phonemic characters and sounds are directly interchangeable through a child's already acquired lexicon of spoken words. Words in AKSES text sequences are "transparent" (are intuitively decodable). Beginning readers do not need the memorization techniques required to learn word spellings.
The simplest definition of reading is "saying", aloud or silently,
words that are seen. A child who recognizes AKSES
characters by name masters reading
simply by learning to blend the names into words. This process is a simple task
easily learned by most preschool children in a relatively short time. Many will
learn to read
Werdz "spēk" to mē frum ŧhu pājez.
AKSES is not phonetic. It does not reproduce idiomatic components of dialects or individual speech habits. Effective listeners filter out that "noise" and recognize only the intelligible (phonemic) components of speech sounds. In a similar manner, AKSES records the phonemic content of words, eliminating the confusing "noise" of spelling. Readers know that each character represents its own special word element. AKSES characters, like phonemic speech sounds, enable children to identify words directly from their remembered word elements.
The written characters selected for AKSES meet the needs of children and adult readers and writers alike. In conventional writing, a given letter or letter group may represent many different word elements in different words. AKSES uses one symbol everywhere its element occurs, but never for another. The proposed set is satisfactory for children because each character is clearly distinguishable from all others. Publishers and printers have no problem with them. All are available in many fonts. Because those who read and write every day are most affected by changes in orthography, AKSES characters also minimize changes from commonly occurring TO spellings. People experienced in TO read AKSES text by sight without special training.
Lexicographers include pronunciation guides in most recent American dictionaries because spelled words are not self-pronouncing. AKSES dictionaries will provide both orthography and phonemic guidance in the entry word. The challenge for lexicographers is to identify the phonemic word elements that Americans recognize and use to differentiate them. Such commonly accepted elements are the basis for AKSES writing.
Published November 11, 1998. (Last worked on 10/13/07) - James H. Kanzelmeyer.