It's actually much worse than that; I have done some analysis in the past, and on a
average given line of English text you will have quite a few irregular
pronunciations -- that is, cases where the pronunciation is not predictable from the
letters without actually knowing the words involved.
John Cowan wrote:
> "Reynolds, Gregg" wrote:
> > [I]t's actually highly rational, but it is
> > designed for native speakers, not those who needed a phonemic transcription.
> Most of it. But if a fairly small number of irregularities are repaired
> (there is no reason why there should be nine different pronunciations of
> "-ough"), it would be far more so.
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> Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)
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