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How French really should be spelled

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Monday, March 8, 2004, 15:33
OK, I've come down with my definitive(*)

p       t               k

b       d               g

m       n       ny/ñ    (^)
f       s       c
v       z       j
        l       (ly)
w               ÿ       r

i       ü               u
é       ö               o
è       œ       e       ò

Nasal vowels:
â ê ô û (î = /iN/)

Spelling should be pan-dialectal, so that distinctions
and sounds that have merged or disappeared even in the
majority of dialects should be preserved in spelling.
Thus _ceten'èmpa_ (pace Christophe).  What to do with
those final consonants that are mute except before vowels
is open to debate.  I would argue that on a 'deep' level
they still exist, although they are for the most part
elided by sandhi rules -- tho NB that the consonant that
exists in obscurity is not always the one that is written
in the traditional orthography!  The same goes for 'mute e'
-- which IIRC is still pronounced in some varieties
although it has merged phonetically with œ.

(* Actually y-circumflex for /J/, w-umlaut for /H/ and
g-circumflex for /N/ would be worth considering.
Also if umlaut looks too German, by all means use acute! :)

/BP 8^)
  B.Philip Jonsson (delete X)
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