On Mon, 8 Nov 2004 13:09:55 +0100, Jean-François Colson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi all
> I see that in Pitman Initial Teaching Alphabet, which is a phonemic
> alphabet, different characters
> are used for the c of cat and the k of key.
> Is there any difference between those characters?
> If not, how are they used?

It is likely that the system is not two-way phonemic (i.e., one grapheme
per sound and one sound per grapheme) but just one-way phonemic (one sound
per letter).  This is sensible for an alphabet that is used to teach people
to read.   Notice also that the sound /z/ is spelled two different ways,
with a regular "z" for /z/ spelled "z" and with a reversed "z" (or, if you
like, an "s" with sharp corners) for /z/ spelled "s".

(Indeed, on the ITA webpage under "what is ITA" it says "The alphabet
adheres closely to traditional orthography. The symbols are lowercase.
Certain conventional English spellings have been retained such as the c
and k, which have the same sound.)


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