The study led by researchers at Stony Brook University in the US exhibits that the spelling of English words is more orderly and self-organised than linguistics have thought.
France and Italy, and many other countries have national academies to oversee the written language, but no English-speaking country has a language academy to organise and regulate the language. The language has organized all by itself like an evolution.
The study examined previously unnoticed systemic aspects of English spelling and explains how the system emerged on its own.
“English spelling was well on its way to its modern incarnation, and no single group seems to have played a notable role in the movement of English spelling towards greater consistency,” said lead investigator Mark Aronoff, Professor at Stony Brook University.