Re: [OT] Euro-English (was: Corea?)

Date: Mon Dec 15 2003 - 11:42:56 EST

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    This is humorous, though I think I saw it some time ago. (For a Unicode
    audience we could also substitute some extended characters such as the eng for
    ng.) It does bring to mind that familiarity with an orthography - mainly
    through experience reading it - is the key to its usefulness. In looking at
    the text below I think of how a written African language might look to a native
    speaker of it who had learned only English or French in school - an orthography
    may make perfect sense (and may even have been around a while) but if the
    person may not have had much exposure to it, it might seem strange...

    I've reposted the earlier items in this thread to Qalam,* which might be a more
    appropriate place for the discussion??



    Quoting "Carl W. Brown" <>:
    > Euro-English
    > The EU announces changes to the spellings of common English words...
    > European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached
    > to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications,
    > rather than German, which was the other possibility.
    > As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded that English
    > spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five year phase
    > plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).
    > In the first year, "s" will be used instead of the soft "c". Sertainly,
    > sivill servants will resieve this news with joy. Also the hard "c" will be
    > replaced with "k". Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typwriters kan
    > have one less letter.
    > There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the
    > troublesome "ph" will be replaced by "f". This will make words like
    > "fotograf" 20 per sent shorter.
    > In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to
    > reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Government will
    > enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to
    > akurate speling.
    > Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent "e"'s in the languag is
    > disgrasful, and they would go.
    > By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" by
    > "z" and "w" by "v". During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from
    > vords kontaining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer
    > kombinations of leters.
    > After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor
    > trubls or difikultis and evrivon vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer. Ze
    > drem vil finali kum tru.

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