In analyzing Dutton Speedwords I have come to these conclusions
1. It uses only the 26 letters of the Roman alphabet plus the
ampersand. Simple for all to read, write and type, even on the
2. It is based on word frequencies, specifically Horne's and
3. It is based on Shorthand principles, one of which is to drop
"unneeded prefixes and suffixes." i.e. able, ible, ance, tion,
ion, ility, ment, etc. and, a-, -abile, ad-, -ada,
-age,-al, -alia, -amento, amphi-, an-, -an, ana-, -ano, -ante,
ante-, anti-, -antia, apo-, -ar, -ari, -ario, -ata, -ate, -astra,
-astro, -ation, -ative, -ato, circum-, co-, con-, contra-, dia-,
dis-, dys-, en-, -ente, -entia, epi-, -eria, -ero, -esc, -ese,
-essa, -eto, -etta, -ette, -etto, ex-, extra-, hyper-, hypo-,
-ia, -ian, -ian, -iano, -ibile, -ic, -ica, -ico, -iente, -ientia,
-iera, -iero, -ifere, -ific, -ificar, -imento, in-, -in, -ina,
inter-, intra-, intro-, -ion, -isar, -ismo, -issime, -issimo,
-ista, -ita, -itate, -ite, -ition, -itis, -itive, -itor, -itori,
-itoria, -itorio, -itude, -itura, -ive, meta-, mis-, non-, -oide,
-or, -ori, -orio, --ose, -osis, -otic, para-, per-, peri-, post-,
pre-, pro-, re-, retro-, sub-, super-, syn-, trans-, ultra-,
-ura, vice-, thus increasing writing speed.
4. It is based on classifying the vocabulary similar to Roget"s
5. It is based on shortening "homophonic" words from 10 to 15
different languages, or more.
6. It is based on a "simplified English Chinese" grammar.
7. It is based on using just 22-23 affixes, 4 of which are
8. It is based on flagging plurals ONLY when absolutely necessary
to avoid confusion.
9. It considers the 1, 2 or 3 letter root words as "symbols or
pictures" in abc form, not as words in normal spelling form. Each
word should be looked upon as a unit picture whether it is one
two or three letters, not as a word to be broken down into its
alphabetic letter units. i.e. see MEK as a picture NOT as M, E,
K. Mek is machine.
10. It is based on economy of effort and cost.
11. It is based on as small a base root-word system as possible,
even less than the 850 words of Basic English.
12. It is based on speed of learning, writing and publishing.
13. It is based on being a true auliliary, not on becoming a
14. It is based on being useable whether one is interested in
language studies or not.
15. It is based on being a "moderator" tool for teaching English,
and/or other foreign languages.
16. It is based on sight recognition of as many words as
17. It is based on using as many universally knows words as
18. It is based on the Royal Society's long line of universal
language and economy of language history and foundation, and
19. It is based on 21+ years of philological study.
20. It is based on over 40 years of teaching business
communication skills to the general public.
And, there are more points, but I've already written too much I
Al l sue,