is a new script
or writing system
invented by Kingsley Read
. It is based on the Roman alphabet
, but with new meanings for the letters, so that each symbol
represents a distinct phoneme
in the English language
, and, more importantly, each phoneme in English can be represented with only one symbol. This allows English to be written with the following advantages:
- Spellings are based on how words sound, simplifying the process of learning to read and write for both children and those learning English as a second language.
- Pronunciation is evident from the spelling, making it easier for native speakers to learn new words, as well as for non-native speakers to learn the language from written sources.
- Writing is more compact.
The adoption of Readspel would constitute a spelling reform.