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

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 4:15
On 5/30/06, wayne chevrier <wachevrier@...> wrote:
> My idea goes like this: > > <ux> -> <w> > <j> -> <j> > <jx> -> <zy> or <jy> > <cx> -> <cy> > <sx> -> <sy> > <gx> -> <xy> or <gy> > <dz> -> <x>
Beyond <ux> to <w>, which is already used by many people who otherwise use the -x digraphs, none of those feels like an improvement. Fine, since everyone is taking this seriously. Lessee what we have: -x: a b c cx d e f g gx h hx i j jx k l m n o p r s sx t u w v z CXS: a b ts tS d e f g dZ h x i j Z k l m n o p r s S t u w v z If I were going to change anything - which I am not proposing. I have no desire to become the creator of Idido or whatever! - I would first merge <k> and <hx> into a single phoneme; most of the words with <hx> have alternates with <k> anyway, and [k] is a common realization of [x] in languages which lack the latter sound. I would then divide all the affricates into their component stop+fricative sounds. If we're going to be forced to use digraphs anyway, they might as well be digraphs that make logical sense. Of course, you could then reanalyze the affricates as realizations of a two-phoneme set and poof! No digraphs at all. :) Then we'd just need symbols for /S/ and /Z/ and we're done. For maximum comprehensibility, I propose switching to <y> for /j/, then using <j> for /Z/. Which leaves the question of what to use for /S/; I can see arguments for both <c> and <x> (the latter mostly in that it's used that way in some Asian transcription systems). I choose c. That gives us this: CXS iksoj MJR a a a b b b ts c ts tS cx tc d d d e e e f f f g g g dZ gx dj h h h x hx k i i i j j y k k k l l l m m m n n n o o o p p p r r r s s s S sx c t t t u u u w ux w v v v z z z - Tcu vi ankoraw povas legi esperanton? - Yes, mi djin povas legi.


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>