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by Anthony Lilly
The main focus of SEE is a standardized English pronunciation system that consists of standardized sounds, syllable breaks, and enough modifications to accurately pronounce the sound of broadcast English. The problem with reading is that many of the spellings do not match the pronunciations, which can be solved by adding a standardized pronunciation system to English. This allows the alphabet and words to stay exactly the same, yet the words can be spelled the way they sound with the pronunciation system. Foreign language words can also be pronounced with the pronunciation system, and it is a much easier method of pronouncing English for people who speak other languages.
A smaller part of SEE is spelling screens, which is a method of grouping words together by their similar spellings. The largest spelling pattern is the silent e system. English can be read better by understanding the complete silent e system and separating it from the rest of the words. Many of the modern pronunciations are the incorrect pronunciations of the silent e system.
About the Author
Anthony N. Lilly was born in Richmond, VA, in 1963. He moved to Jumping Branch, West Virginia, in 1975 and graduated from Hinton High School in 1981. He worked in a coal-testing laboratory from 1981 to 1996, where he became familiar with standardization and ISO. At age ten, he started playing banjo, and he also plays guitar.
After leaving the lab, he spent several years working on music. During this time, he started thinking of a spelling system in which words could be spelled the way they sound. This idea, combined with pronunciation codes and standardization, led to SEE, which is an acronym for standardized English.
(2011, paperback, 94 pages)