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Re: orthography and pronunciation

From:Oskar Gudlaugsson <hr_oskar@...>
Date:Wednesday, April 11, 2001, 11:56
On Wed, 11 Apr 2001 04:22:09 -0400, Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...> wrote:

>On Tue, 10 Apr 2001 19:00:27 -0400, Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> wrote: > >>But that would be a fun, tho implausible, conlang ... English is >>rediscovered after many ages, and is pronounced as spelt, with c = /ts/, >>j = /dZ/, q = /q/, x = /x/, y = /y/, ' = /?/, and epenthetic schwas >>added as needed. Vowels pronounced as in IPA. :-) > >Nope! j = /j/, 'cause English is demonstrably related to German, and they >digged out a copy of Deutsche Bünenaussprache previously ;) > >A lot of controversy about {gh} in _thought_. The most popular view being >that it's a uvular approximant. > >:D
:) :) In a 1000 years, 20th century English will probably be referred to as "Classical English", and will be studied by a few nutballs. There will be diverse speculations about its sound inventory; it will seem totally unpronounceable to most (there being a lot of weird vowel sounds, syllabic consonants, extreme consonant clusters, stress rules from hell, and an ill-understood system of vowel weakening (resulting in the legendary "schwa") and strengthening). Scholars will disagree on the values of the various orthographical quirks, such as {gh} and magic {e}. They might say: "{gh} was most probably pronounced as [G] or [x] (or some say a uvular approximant)... certainly in Classical English, and perhaps for some time in the post-classical period (until the collapse of the American Empire); {gh} had surely become silent sometime before the Great Spelling Reform of 2665..." Óskar's 5c :D


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