From: Eric Muller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jun 28 2005 - 22:51:43 CDT
This is a very naive question, but anyway:
Has there been attempts to measure the "economy"/"accuracy" of writing
systems? If so, what measures have been used? And what are the results?
I suppose that IPA could be described as an efficient and accurate
writing system for any language, if one consider only the signs needed
to write a particular language. This suggests to measure the "distance
to IPA": take a long enough spoken text in some language, write in the
usual writing system for that language, write the same text in IPA, and
compare the two written forms: the more there is a sign for sign
equivalence, the more efficient/accurate the writing system is. I
realize that there are different ways to write the same spoken text in
IPA, but I suppose that one can more or less standardize on some form.
I also realize that more economical / accurate does not mean better.
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