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On Thu, 22 Jan 2004 09:39:31 +0000 Chris Bates wrote:

<<I'm not sure, but I think a
compromise could be reached... people who speak non-rhotic dialects of
english will still know how to pronounce a world if we keep on sticking
rs where some people pronounce them, and if we let the vowels accurately
reflect the current pronounciation of one of the dialects which has more
rather than less vowels I think people would be able to figure out how
to shift the sounds to match their own dialect (I believe on this side
of the ocean (UK) we've got a couple more vowels (including diphthongs
and triphthongs) than most of the american dialects haven't we? Don't
know which dialect has the most vowel sounds).>>

Usually I don't take part in YAEPT threads, but discussing spelling is
interesting. Russian (Soviet) linguistics has acquired great experience in
designing alphabets and orthography rules for many unwritten languages of
ex-USSR. They often used the interdialectary principle you mentioned in your
msg. Remapping phonemes for different dialects while reciting or oral
comprehension is really eazy. I know it from my own experience of interpreting
for too many various Anglophones. I tried to design a regularised English
spelling when I was a schoolboy. Maybe I'll show it to y'all one day.

-- Yitzik from Ukraine