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On Mon, Nov 08, 2004 at 05:58:35PM +0100, Andreas Johansson wrote:
> > I'd also count the numbers as  samples of extremely unintuitive assignments.
>
> They once were. By now, [2] and [9] are at least as ingrained in my
> brain as the proper IPA signs will ever become.

Well, I can only remember [2] and [9] because of Fr. deux and neuf.  [3]
and [8] at least resemble the IPA symbols; [6] I only remember becasue
it comes up on here so frequently (guess those YAEPTs are good for
something :)); [7] is completely hopeless.

> While we're discussing changes, I might mention moving [P] to the
> bilabial fricative (currently [p\]).

Absolutely.  Besides the reasons you give, there is the fact that in the
majority of cases, a fricative derived from a stop uses the uppercase
version of the stop symbol in CXS: g->G, b->B, d->D, t->T.  The other
exception is k->x (instead of *k->K), which is fine since it agrees with
the IPA.  But I must say I find the actual use of [K] in CXS - for the
lateral fricative - completely counterintuitive.