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Re: USAGE: No rants! (USAGE: di"f"thong)

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 30, 2006, 16:12
On 5/30/06, Paul Roser <pkroser@...> wrote:

> Even making English spelling more phonemic would require picking one dialect > over another - and which do we choose? Standard American? RP? Scots? ANZAC? > Canadian? Caribbean? South Asian? Shanghai/Hong Kong?
Well, which is allegedly easier: remembering to spell homophones differently, or remembering to spell non-homophonic homonyms the same? If the former, then we should standardize on a dialect with the maximum number of distinctions (including rhoticity); if the latter, the minimum (which implies non-rhoticity). If the two varieties of orthographic discrepancy are considered equally undesirable, then we should go for somewhere in the middle. -- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>