Seamus Heaney’s BEOWULF: Lines 1-85 Read by Paul Meier in Reformed English Spelling – YouTube

Totally wonderfully bizarre ‘reformed spelling’ version of Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf. Reminds me a little of the phonetic spelling version of the Riming Poem made by Tom Chivers, Fran Brooks, and myself!

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3 thoughts on “Seamus Heaney’s BEOWULF: Lines 1-85 Read by Paul Meier in Reformed English Spelling – YouTube

  1. Very interesting post. Nothing bizarre about it at all. Posted my own blog recently which I am putting up a system devised a couple of years ago and put on a different site, so I am transferring it in installments.
    I was concerned about diacritics which you use liberally. My system only uses umlaut on a o and u and the å. I shied away from x for zh and c for ch and cidilla for sh. But I actually like that – Turkish has a great spelling system I think. We seem to agree on the use of J as in English and not as in the rest of the Germanic languages. Another thing that got complicated for me was s and z. I did wanted to keep spellings for grammatical links even if they weren’t entirely regular. So s for plural even if it has a z sound and likewise in verb endings eg go and goes not. I havent posted the main stuff yet but I would appreciate comments when I do.

    1. Thank you for your interesting comment. The video is actually not mine, but one I found, so I can’t answer for the diacritical marks.
      I’ve had a look through your blog, and there is some intriguing food for thought. However, I suppose as far as our funny old contemporary spelling is concerned, based upon my very limited understanding of language development over the last 1000 years, and a little knowledge of French/ Italian/ Spanish, our spellings are very useful for meaning, if not for helping people pronounce the words. So, on balance, I suppose I’d wave the flag for keeping our spelling as it is (or at least, allowing it to continue to adapt and change quite ‘naturally’ as it has done over the last however many years). But I’m sure there are many theories and cases to explore – thank you for giving me a window into a new area!

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