--- In [log in to unmask], "Pascal A. Kramm" <pkramm@A...> wrote:
> Well, then go and create your own spelling reform, rather than talking
> someone else's work bad just because he's a "German".
Sheesh, as if there hadn't been enough reform proposals
already. Heck, even I've done two of those in my early
I'll have to agree with the general opinion that the
proposed spelling is suboptimal for the needs of the
English language. You neglect several important phonemic
distinctions, and some choices (like |ei eu| for [ai oi])
appear to have no other motivation than to make it look
like German. In this light, the name "Advanced English"
even seems to suggest that advanced = German.
What would you think if somebody made a German spelling
reform abolishing all umlauts and writing ch's as k's,
since foreigners tend to mispronounce them anyway, and
maybe spell /ai au S v/ as |ij ou sh v|, and have the
nerve to call it "Advanced German"? Vie vurde dir das
Your ideas certainly have a certain appeal as a thought
experiment, e.g. for a fictional alternate-history story
setting where the Germans won WWII and "Germanized" the
English world. If you want it to be fit for real-world
English, it needs more work. And a more modest attitude
wouldn't hurt either.
-- Christian Thalmann
PS: The most realistic English spelling reform (and I do
agree that one is due) that I've heard proposed so
far is to assign exactly one (the most common)
pronunciation to each English grapheme, and
regularize only those words which deviate. For
example, |ea| would stand for [i:], so beard, hear,
mean, read etc would all retain their spelling, but
heart and head would become hart and hed. This way,
English would still feel like English to the native
speakers, and the reform would be much more likely
to be accepted.
Is there a website with an explicit "master plan"
for this concept? If not, I'd be tempted to write up
such a plan. Maybe with the help of a dedicated
Argh... please stop me before I fall for the
auxlanger syndrome. ;o)