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Re: Word of the day: "box"

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 26, 2004, 2:55
Andreas Johansson wrote:

> Quoting Herman Miller <hmiller@...>: > > >>A check box is just a square: "söryk" ["s8ru\k]. > > > This orthography is made specifically to confuse me, isn't it? Everyone knows > that 'ö' and 'y' should denote [2] and [y], while [8] and [u\] are written > as 'u'!
Well, Lindiga doesn't have [2] or [y], so I'd probably write those sounds (in foreign names) as "ö" and "y" anyway. But at least you'd have the advantage of pronouncing "rt" and "rs" correctly (well, at least in non-voiced contexts), as [t`] and [s`].
> The lesson, I guess, is that the Latin alphabet sucks for languages that don't > have the classical five vowel set, or some subset thereof. > > Andreas
Lindiga has /i u\ u e 8 E O a/ (although the central vowels are only partially rounded). So I write /e/ as "ê", /u\/ as "y", and /8/ as "ö". The diphthongs are "ie" [i@], "yö" [u\@], "uo" [u@], "ai" [Ei], "eu" [3u\], and "au" [Ou].