|Short description:||Brengelman's "Orthoepists, Printers, and the Rationalization of English Spelling"|
|Medium description:||F H Brengelman's "Orthoepists, Printers, and the Rationalization of English Spelling"|
States that at the end of the 1600's English spelling could be seen as having the following characteristics:
- most consonants realised fairly consistently
- vowels were realised with "some degree of consistency"
- final 'e' was used widely but to realise both long and short vowels and also after single consonants and consant groups
- borrowed words were spelled to reflect their various origins
- most words allowed at least 2 spellings
Further Brengelman states that those working on orthography at this time agreed on 3 things about English spelling:
- it should reflect the English phonetic system as much as possible
- it should use characters from the Latin alphabet or "characters clearly derived from it"
- "it should be economical"
and that the disagrement was about the relative weighting to be given to these factors