As an intellectual challenge, I've created an English spelling
scheme that works with my dialect.
It is not intended to be 100% phonetic, or even unambiguous. It is
mostly so (compared to the status quo), but with enough exceptions to
make it interesting and give it character.
An apostrophe ' will denote a diacritic on the previous letter.
Examples will be given as English word followed by reformed (Englhec)
Of the five vowels, all except 'i' may carry a diacritic.
Long vowels are a digraph ending in 'o'. This may change quality.
Some vowels (e'o, u'o) are always spelt as though they were long. *
For miscellaneous vowels, round off to nearest listed vowel.
* except in vowel clusters and diphthongs.
"bat" = bat "bet" = ba't
"bad" = baod "bird" = bu'od
"bit" = bet "beat" = beot
"bottle" = bottl "book" = bo'k
"bored" = bood "school" = sko'ol
"bud" = bud (schwa) = i
"bard" = buod "boot" = be'ot
Vowel clusters and diphthongs
In vowel clusters, where two vowels are distinctly pronounced with an
implicit light consonant between them, the length of the vowels are
not indicated (i.e. the 'o' in a digraph is dropped).
In diphthongs, length is not indicated and all diacritics are dropped.
It is agreed that "oh" = ie and "eye" = ue.
* If the final syllable ends with a vowel and is stressed, a 'h' is
placed after it.
* If a _single_ consonant follows a stressed vowel, the consonant is
* If two or more consonants follow a stressed vowel, regardless of
which syllable the consonants are part of, a 'h' follows the
Monosyllablic words are not considered stressed.
Main deviations from English:
"sh" = c "th" (unvoiced) = hs
"ch" = tc "th" (voiced) = hz
"j" = dj
"Adrian Paul Morgan" = Aedrhein Po'ol Mo'oggin
"T-shirt" = teoccu'ot
"go away" = gie iwaeh
"father" = fuohzhi
"sarsaparilla" = suozphira'lli
"America" = Ima'reki
"Australia" = Istraellei
"Jesus Christ" = Djeozziz Kruest
Very very interesting ... I especially like the diagraphs hz and hs. I'm a
bit confused why you chose ue = /ai/ (is that right?) and ie = /o:/. This
seems a bit backwards to me, perhaps you could explain the choice.