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----- Original Message -----
From: "Carlos Thompson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 4:58 PM
Subject: Re: Country names


> Joe wrote:
>
> > From: "Stone Gordonssen" <[log in to unmask]>
> [...]
> > > Obvious? In English? A language where one can findl orthography to
> > > make _ghoti_ be pronounced [fIS]? :P
> > >
> >
> >
> > Only we can't.  |gh| is a diagraph found only at the end of syllables,
for
> a
> > start.  And is only [f] in the tesseragraphs(is that right?) |augh|[&f]
> and
> > |ough| [Qf], and [Vf].  |o| is only pronounced [I] in |women], and |ti|
> is,
> > again, only prounounced [S] in the tesseragraph |tion|[S@n].
>
> Well, "ghoti" might not be a good example, but you get "gaol" pronounced
> /dZeIl/...
>

Well, |gaol|[dZEj@l](in my ideolect) is a fairly archaic spelling, and it's
not illogical.  |g| is [dZ] before front vowels, |a| is [Ej] quite often
(before vowels...not sure), and pretty much any vowel can become [@].