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Re: orthography and pronunciation

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Wednesday, April 11, 2001, 19:57
Pavel wrote:
>David Peterson wrote: > > >Waj dont ju spel aniTiN dIfrIntli? > >Do not reform orthography, reform pronunciation! >Pronounce everything exactly as is written. >Such dialect of English would be perfect auxlang.
That'd require a few definitions: what's the phonemic value of say "gh", "th", "ou", "c"? Personally, I say just interpret everything as IPA. "Though" thus becomes "[though]" - two syllables and CLUSTERS that end in [h]. I look forward to hear Americans pronounce an unaspirated voiceless stop plus h! [c] is of course a voiceless, unaspirated palatal stop ... Double consonants are DOUBLE (ie, two identical short consonants in a row!), so nobody'll pronounce "cliff" correctly. And just try to get [thought] and [aye] correct. [english] would be something of a challenge too, not to mention [glitsch] ... Andreas _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at