Many languages which have been in evolution over a thousand years have inconsistent spellings. Those using the Roman alphabet, among which are the international languages of English, French and Spanish, have homonymous words or syllables that are spelled differently. There are also redundant letters unnecessary for pronunciation which include doubles (nn, ll, ss) and mutes, as well as unvoiced vowels (terminal e, for example) and some consonants in certain combinations (the b in dumb). Languages using ideograms, such as Chinese, may have several differently drawn characters to express the same sound. Some educators and practical persons have unsuccessfully tried to reform various language spellings, for example the Pitmans, and GB Shaw for English. One sound, one letter has often been the goal. An English word like 'thought' or a French word like 'hazard' might be spelled as 'thawt' or 'azar' to satisfy simplification requirements.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
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