English Orthography Reform

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Re: English Orthography Reform

Post by Birdlang » Fri 14 Sep 2018, 23:04

English (combined RP/American/Australian) a la Pigeonese
/p b t d ʦ ʣ ʧ ʤ k g/ p b t d c ʒ č ǯ k g
/m n ŋ/ m n ŋ
/f v θ ð s z ʃ ʒ (x) h/ f v ŧ đ s z š ž ꝁ h
/l r j w/ l r j ʋ

/i iː ʉː u uː ɪ ʊ e eː oː ə ɛ ɜ ɜː ʌ ɔ ɔː æ ɐ ɐː ɑ ɑː ɒ/ i ī û u ū ì ù é ê ô e è ë ä ö o ō æ â å a ā á
/ʉ̯ ɪ̯ ʊ̯ e̯ o̯ ə̯ ɛ̯ ɔ̯ a̯/ ȗ ĭ ŭ ĕ ŏ ė ȇ ȏ ă
Ꭓꭓ Ʝʝ Ɬɬ Ɦɦ Ɡɡ Ɥɥ Ɫɫ Ɽɽ Ɑɑ Ɱɱ Ɐɐ Ɒɒ Ɓɓ Ɔɔ Ɖɖ Ɗɗ Əə Ɛɛ Ɠɠ Ɣɣ Ɯɯ Ɲɲ Ɵɵ Ʀʀ Ʃʃ Ʈʈ Ʊʊ Ʋʋ Ʒʒ Ꞵꞵ Ʉʉ Ʌʌ Ŋŋ Ɂɂ Ɪɪ Ææ Øø Ð𠌜 Ɜɜ Ǝɘ
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Re: English Orthography Reform

Post by Bryan » Sat 22 Sep 2018, 11:54

Apart from the overthrow of the not-really-used-by-the-layman-anyway Runes, there has never been a total overhaul of English spelling. What there has been is norms, precedent, and analogy which evolve and become standardised. Any and all successful "reforms", such as they have been, have really been about bringing rogue spellings into line (e.g. gaol --> jail) with the overall rules/norms. Personally, I support a reform which would leave the essential system in place, but remove those roguish elements. For example, "axe" --> "ax", "trouble" --> "trubble", "doubt" --> "dout", and so on.
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