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Re: Poem in Fynetik Inglix

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, December 9, 1999, 0:44
John Cowan wrote:
> For essentially the same reason: to indicate that "oo" has its "long" > sound as in "croon", rather than its "short" sound as in "foot". > I personally feel that this change is unnecessary, as many words > fluctuate between the "short" and "long" pronunciation (coop, roof, e.g.) > anyway, and minimal pairs are few on the ground.
Actually, that would, IMO, be quite useful. People who say /rUf/ can write "roof", and those who say /ruf/ can write "roofe". Of course, this is assuming that you WANT dialect rendered in writing, which I think is a bad idea, simply because of prejudices people have about certain dialects. Which is why it annoys me when newspapers and the like say things when giving quotes like "he said in a deep southern drawl". -- "Old linguists never die - they just come to voiceless stops." - anonymous ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor