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Re: Another tongue-in-cheek spelling reform

From:# 1 <salut_vous_autre@...>
Date:Thursday, April 21, 2005, 2:36
Gary Shannon wrote:

>Rather than go in the direction of increased calrity >and phonetic precision, why not move in the direction >of increased ambiguity and phonetic confusion? >
Great! I find it really more interesting than the reforms everybody talked about last days!
>The vowels "e", "i" and "u" are dispensed with >entirely, and "y" takes their place in many contexts, >while they simply disappear in other contexts. "o" is >usually used to indicate somewhat round sounds (toe, >dew, book, hoop, etc.) and "a" (usually) for somewhat >broad sounds (fat, pond, fall, etc.), although it also >stands for sounds like "oi", "aw", and "ou" in some >contexts, as explained below. For the most part, long >words only retain one vowel at most. Initial vowels >are usually kept, subject to the simplification rules, >but as a general rule most vowels would be left out >except where absolutely necessary. >
When a vowel is kept, should I infer it is the stressed one? the one that's important enough for deserving being kept? Or maybe not, it would too much regular :-P
>A set of about 1,000 ambiguous, overlapping and often >contradictory rules (with 1,001 exceptions) would tell >us, more or less, which vowel was omitted. For >example, "ss" would imply that the the preceeding >vowel was meant to be "a" (or maybe a short "i"). Due >to this rule "glass" unambiguously becomes "glss", and >cannot be mistaken for "glass" ("gloss"). ("a" is "aw" >when followed by a double consonant, as explained >below.) Long, initial, or stressed "i" and "e" >(including "ea", "ee" "ie", etc.) are usually just >written "y" with the context identifying what sound >they represent. The exception is the "-ite" sound >which is invariably written "ght" (with extensions >such as "pint" -> "pghnt") as in "Y bght of py ynd y >pghnt of yl byfor nghtfall." ("A bite of pie and a >pint of ale before nightfall.") > >"a" represents just about any occurance of "oi", "ow", >"au" or "ou" with "oil" being spelled "al" and "out >house cow" spelled "at has ca." The exception is when >it is followed by a double consonant, in which case it >represents "aw" ("fall") or the "ah" in "pond" >(spelled "pannt"). (Note that rather than doubling >"th" in "father" the required "thth" is spelled "dd" >as in "faddr". "Has" (English "house") should not be >confused with "hzz" (English "has"), and "at" (English >"out") should not be confused with "att" (English >"at"). For example: "has" ("house"), "hzz" ("has"), >"hyz" ("haze"), "hyzz" ("highs"), "hz" ("his"). > >"gh" represents "f", except in the initial position >where it is written "ph", or when it is followed by >"t". Since "lght" could be both "light" and "lift" >according to that rule, when "f" is followed by "t" it >must be written "kh" so that "lift" -> "lkhtt". (Note >that the "kh" is not doubled to indicate a short vowel >preceeds it, instead the following consonant, "t" is >doubled.) >
Would a compound made of a word beggining in |ph| placed after another keep the |ph| or would it change to |gh| for keeping it confusing and regular?
>Most short words (two, three and four letters) have >arbitrary spelling that must simply be memorized, >although they generally follow more of the rules than >they break, except when they break more rules than >they follow. >
LOL "They follow more than they break unless they break more than they follow"! What's new in this isn't English like that for a lot of short words? ;)
>When two words are spelled the same it is often the >case that one of them falls into disuse, being >replaced by a new word or an existing synonym. For >example, in final position the voiced/non-voiced >distinction is seldom made out so that "pig" becomes >"pgg", but "pick" also becomes "pgg", resulting in the >eventual loss of the farm animal meaning of "pgg", >which is replaced by "hagg" as in "Pgg wn yv td haggz >t bochr fr td fyzd tmarro." ("Pick one of the hogs to >butcher for the feast tomorrow.") >
I thought you wanted ambiguty? ;P The thing I notice is that you get stuck with a lot a words that are spelled the same In your example: "Pgg wn yv td haggz t bochr fr td fyzd tmarro." "wn" may also be "won", "yv" may be "I've" (that's what I tought of first, and I'd still do so considering the next rule for contractions), "td" may be "toad", and "fr" may be "fry" (but it may have a regular spelling and be spelled "phr" considering it's a less basic word) You probably can't get rid of all words that are spelled the same
>Voiced "th" followed by a broad vowel is written "d". >When that vowel is an "a" in conventional spelling the >following consonant is doubled so "that" becomes >"dtt". Contractions are made by attaching the >contracted word to the following word, without >apostrophe, rather than the preceeding word so that >"that's enough" becomes "dtt syngh". > >"ng" is always pronounced "ing" when not preceeded by >a vowel or followed by a consonant. "sing" -> "sng", >but "song" would be "*sangng", ("a" followed by >doubled consonant = "aw") except that the "ng" is not >doubled. Instead, it is followed by "h" to indicated >the equivalent of doubling so that "song" -> "sangh". >(Note that "sanford" is "snghrt", so care must be >taken to notice whether an "ngh" combination is parsed >""ng+h" or "n+gh".) To differentiate between "sang" >and "snag" the "n" is doubled to show that it stands >apart from the "g" as in "snag" -> "snng". "sang" and >"sung" are spelled "syng" and "syngh" for no >particular reason, and must be learned by rote. >
That's cool! All languages need some spellings that are there "for no particular reason" ;-P
>(rule book continues for 147 more pages giving >arbitrary rules and their many, many conflicting >exceptions.)
Rly ytrstng! (Is that this?) - Max


Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>