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Re: Romaji as syllabary

From:Bryan Parry <bajparry@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 16:14
But what syllables exist in English? Probably not
these syllables.

 --- Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...> wrote:
> I just woke up with this odd thought running through > my mind for a quick and easy syllabary. Each of the > 26 letters of the Roman alphabet could be treated as > a > syllable and pronounced in full within the context > of > the word. Thus "STO" would be pronounced "es'tio", > "HAD" would be "aitchay'dee". > > Then maybe the lower case letters could represent an > alternate syllable like "R" = "aar" while "r" = > "ro". > Maybe the rule could be vowel before consonant in > the > upper case and vowel after consonant in the lower > case. ("M" = "em", "m" = "ma", "P" = "ep", "p" = > "pee", "TO" = "tio", "tO" = "eto", etc. (But what > about "A" vs "a" hmmm. I don't know.)) > > That would make for an easy-to-remember 52 symbol > syllabary. And it could be easily mapped onto a > custom made font that worked easily with the > standard > English keybord. > > Is 52 enough? There would be 140,608 valid > 3-syllable > words and 7.3 million 4-syllable words. That seems > like enough. >
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