Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

YAESRT: Enuf is Enuf: Some Peepl Thru with Dificult Spelingz

From:Tristan Alexander McLeay <conlang@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 11, 2006, 13:13
(Yet another English spelling reform thread.)

On 11/07/06, Christian Thalmann <cinga@...> wrote:
> --- In, daniel prohaska <danielprohaska@...> > wrote: > > > Dalmátian Romanss and becám extinct when its lâst spéker Tuone > Udaina díd in > > a ród acsident in the 1890s. > > I must say I find this spelling rather easy to read, and less > ugly to the eye than many others I've seen. "Díd" required a > double-take, though.
I think Benct's got something similar going? Tho I think it looks more Old English/Icelandic. (Or am I confusing him with someone else? In which case I apologise to you both.) I personally can't get over that spelling of "Romance". "Rómance" should adequately indicate the pronunciation, particuly given "Dalmátian" (but "Dalmácian" would be an improvement too). The many values of "c" really doesn't strike me as the worst part of our orthography. (Maybe it should even be "Rómânce", at least in some places, too? I don't know if anyone says it that way, but some people pronounce "dance" with the broad vowel.)
> Unfortunately, this reform wouldn't remove spelling mistakes. > For example, Americans would have to guess whether it's "lâst" > or "last", since this distinction is purely British.
And Australian, South African, Kiwi, NYC American, and New England American. Probably others besides (tho I understand it's on its way out in NYC and the American New England?). On the other hand, the Scots and Irish would have as much trouble as your average Californian. (Still, given that probably every dialect with more than one low unrounded vowel has a different distribution, it's my opinion that the best solution to this problem is either to leave the spelling alone, or to allow people to spell exactly the way the pronounce but using the same spelling rules. And only one of them is practical—but it's still fun to create improved orthographies.)
>Also, > you wrote "to some" as "tu sum", which is clearly not phonemic > spelling...
The orthography already seems to be partially positional (e.g. "Dalmátian"), but "tú sum" would've been more consitant. Maybe a spelling error? -- Tristan.


Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Benct Philip Jonsson <bpjonsson@...>