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Deseret Alphabet [was: Re: Regularized Inglish]

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 29, 1999, 19:53
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> ai propouz iu iuuz enodher st=E4ndaard. > ai h=F6=F6rd oor r=E4=E4d uans dhat e moormen or somuan > uidh rilijes bakgraund had dizaaind e fonetik > skript kuait difrent from dhe uan ai'm iuzing > rait nau. it uaz e v=E4ri f=EBnni uan uidh lots ov > vauelz, bet ai kan't rim=E4mber huu hi uaz. > =E4ni bodi haz en aidie ?=20
The Mormon connection is correct; you're talking about the Deseret Alphabet. It was a scheme developed by Orson Pratt (among others) and promoted by Brigham Young to help the growing number of non-English speaking Mormon converts come to grips with English pronunciation (if not orthography). As a Mormon and a linguist, I've been interested in the Deseret Alphabet for a while now. There doesn't seem to be any=20 particular logic to the system other than to create something which is definitely *not* derived from the Latin alphabet. The characters are all invented, though some bear accidental similarities to some Latin characters. My first impression of the look of the Deseret Alphabet was that it was Tamil or Malayalam.=20 It is possible to write phonetically accurate English using the Deseret Alphabet. In fact, I once had the idea of looking at journals written in the DA to try and recover the pronunciation of English of the time; I still think it would be an interesting project. I created a Deseret Alphabet font for Macintosh; if anyone is interested, I can send it along with a key.=20
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-- Dirk Elzinga "All grammars leak." -Edward Sapir