English spelt phonetically? [cf Truespel]

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 6 02:27:02 UTC 2009


I wonder what the dyslexia rate in China is.  It's know to be twice as high for English and French than more phonetically consistent languages, such as Italian, - Paulesu.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+ 
see truespel.com


 
> Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 06:33:15 -0500
> From: djmetevia at CHARTERMI.NET
> Subject: Re: English spelt phonetically? [cf Truespel]
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> Poster: David Metevia <djmetevia at CHARTERMI.NET>
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> _It's also simple enough to be learned by kids._
> 
> 
> I am reminded of that joke that Chinese kids must be really smart since
> they can speak and read Chinese.
> 
> 
> Regards,
> Dave
> 
> 
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> -----Original Message-----
> Tom Zurinskas
> Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 06:14
> Subject: Re: English spelt phonetically? [cf Truespel]
> Poster: Tom Zurinskas <truespel at HOTMAIL.COM>
> Subject: Re: English spelt phonetically? [cf Truespel]
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> 
> Thanks Russ=2C
> 
> =20
> 
> Good points all. A healthy skeptacism is a good thing. Please note
> that t=
> ruespel is merely a phonetic notaton just like any dictionary key. It
> mere=
> ly uses the 26 letters of the alphabet to foespel (phonetically spell)
> the =
> 40 sounds of the English foenubet (English set of phonemes). Avoiding
> spec=
> ial symbols makes this notation email and computer friendly=2C a huge
> advan=
> tage. It's also simple enough to be learned by kids. The phonetic
> spellin=
> gs of the truespel.com converter represent the spoken accents of the
> Americ=
> an Heritage Talking Dictionary and m-w.com mainly=2C not my accent. But
> as=
> far as accents is concerned=2C it can be used to show accent
> differences a=
> nd for phonemic awareness drills.
> 
> =20
> 
> No one before has come up with such a phonetic system for English
> because t=
> ruespel not only uses only letters of the alphabet but also shows stress
> an=
> d glottal stops. Thus it is a true dictionary key pronunciation guide
> nota=
> tion that is as English friendly as can be and that uses notation least
> con=
> flicting with tradspel (traditional spelling).
> 
> =20
> 
> The converter is not smart enough to handle all phonetic situations.
> For i=
> nstance "the" needs to be pronounced ~thee in front of a word beginning
> wit=
> h a vowel and the word "for" is more often pronounced ~fer in USA. So
> teac=
> her guidance is needed for these.
> 
> =20
> 
> Using ~fool and ~pool to foespel "full" and "pull" is a hard backward
> knock=
> on tradspel which is unfortunate. This vowel sound is historically
> descri=
> bed as "short oo" as in tradwerdz "wood=2C good=2C wool" and these are
> true=
> speld ~wood=2Cgood=2Cwool~. The tradstreeng (letters in sequence in
> tradsp=
> el) "oo" more often represents "short o" than "long o". Thus ~ool pops
> up =
> in truespel for lots of word endings (double=2Csocial=2Cgamble =3D
> ~dubool=
> =2C~soeshool=2C~gambool). Some would use "l" alone here=2C so "social"
> bec=
> omes soeshl. The problem here is "socialize" should not be ~soeshliez
> (2 s=
> yl) but ~soeshooliez (3 syl).
> 
> =20
> 
> Check out IBM's Writing to Read system that was evaluated by ETS and
> CAL. =
> It was a huge experiment that showed that phonetic spelling is useful
> for k=
> ids in K-1 who learned to write as they learned to read (they used
> keyboard=
> s prior to learning cursive). They had no trouble later reverting to
> trads=
> pel=2C at least no more than usual considering the task of remembering
> all =
> the "sight words" of tradspel.
> 
> =20
> 
> Regarding foespeleeng "on topic" as ~aan taapik~=2C the letter "o" is
> often=
> used for this sound. Interestingly=2C it's most often used to spell
> the s=
> ound of short u=2C as in "uh" from frequency data of truespel book 4.
> The =
> letter "o" is too duplicitous in tradspel to spell a sound by itself.
> If y=
> ou see "o" your not sure how it's pronounced=2C for instance words
> "to=2Cgo=
> =2Cfor=2Con=2Coff". So to avoid backward confusion with tradspel ~aa
> was c=
> hosen to tradspel the "ah" sound. It has good aplication to other
> language=
> s.
> 
> =20
> 
> I've researched this area over the years and jumped in only after years
> of =
> trial and error investigating all such systems in the past. Truespel is
> my=
> best shot at creating an English friendly foespel with least backward
> knoc=
> ks to tradspel. It's learnable by a 3rd grader in less than an hour. I
> ho=
> pe you can find application for it over there in China. Considering the
> al=
> ternative phonetic spelling systems=2C it has many advantages.
> 
> 
> Tom Zurinskas=2C USA - CT20=2C TN3=2C NJ33=2C FL5+=20
> see truespel.com
> 
> 
> 
> Tom Zurinskas=2C USA - CT20=2C TN3=2C NJ33=2C FL5+=20
> see truespel.com
> 
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