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In message <00b701bf404e$fa388ca0$cd7a6395@andreehome>, Roland Hoensch
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>The following is "Received Standard" (British)
 
I think my main practical point here would be:
 
>aback:  ybek
>abet:  ybet
 
In other words, the two phonemes /&/ and /E/ are written the same way,
so that "bet" and "bat" would both be written "bet",  "said" and "sad"
would both be written "sed" and so on.  This is a distinction which does
a lot of work and I would suggest that it's a bad idea to obscure it.
 
>abduct:  ybd=E4kt
>abolish: yb=E4lix
 
This implies that the vowels in "cut" and "cot" would also be written
the same.  This distinction is also important. =20
 
I appreciate that you haven't set yourself to represent every
distinction in the language, and that's fine, because some of them
aren't very important (such as the difference between the vowels in
"full" and "fool", for example).  But as it stands I think your system
would end up confusing a fair number of words which the current system,
in its unsystematic way, manages to write differently.
 
--=20
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