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At 8:32 PM -0500 03/14/02, Aidan Grey wrote:
>At 03:20 PM 3/14/2002 -0700, you wrote:
>
>>I think that what you're describing is reasonably natural, but your
>>description is, well, strange. The biggest problem I have is that I'm
>>not sure if you're talking about letters or sounds.
>
>     yes, i have a problem disambiguating the two. Apologies for confusion.
>I'm sure my explanation is rather juvenile (all those linguistic
>explanations I've read don't seem to have rubbed off on me), but I'm not
>sure what to do to improve it.

I don't think it's "juvenile", just confusing.

It may be an interesting exercise for you to transcribe all of your
examples into IPA and then describe the alternations strictly in
terms of this transcription. After you accomplish that, you will
better understand the difference between the orthography and the
phonology and how they are related to each other.

Dirk
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Man deth swa he byth thonne he mot swa he wile.
'A man does as he is when he can do what he wants.'

- Old English Proverb