Re: New phonemic writing system and IPA usage

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Sat Aug 21 1999 - 14:25:33 EDT

Ar 10:54 -0700 1999-08-21, scríobh Robert Brady:
>On Sat, 21 Aug 1999, JoAnne Marie wrote:
>> Remember trying to take notes while listening to a lecturer? Always
>> 'miles behind' because of trying to form letters and spell!
>That's what shorthand is for. (Myself, I have played with making lecture
>notes in an IPA-based scrawl.)

Sweet had a nice phonetic/phonemic shorthand. When I took lecture notes I
just developed my own abbreviations and ligatures. It's difficult for
anyone but me to read. But in second grade I actually got an F in
handwriting. "He thinks too quickly, more quickly than his hand can write"
was the complaint made. Now I am an expert in writing systems and designer
of calligraphic fonts. Go figure.

>The reason English is interesting to learn is not any fundamental property
>of English, more that there is a huge amount of _written_ information and
>literate people, in English. Changing English orthography would break

As I state earlier, regularizing it with minor corrections according to
Wijk's very sensible scheme would not.

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