Orthographic reform as a national priority, an ADS responsibility

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Oct 14 15:16:23 UTC 2012

At 10/14/2012 11:07 AM, Michael Newman wrote:
>I suggest that New York City English (classic White variety as
>studied by Labov in the 1960s) be used. Since the fact is that there
>will be no spelling reform, I think we should pick the dialect least
>likely to be chosen for it just to be consistent with unlikeliness
>of the whole enterprise. Also, we got the most marvelous collection of vowels.

And also we got the most marvelous collection of grammar!    :-)

But I fully support this movement -- it will make my collection of
vowels less pretentious.


>We could use Labov's variable system to mark them, which I know from
>experience will drive phonologists crazy.
>Michael Newman
>Associate Professor of Linguistics
>Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders
>Queens College
>718 997 2871
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>At 10/14/2012 01:20 AM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
> >...
> >For the US, I think RP would be an excellent choice. That way,
> >everyone will be identically jacked and the system, like the metric,
> >will be taught for generations without anyone ever using it outside
> >of elementary school.
> >
> >BTW, to handle the "r" sound that comes between vowels, parentheses
> >can be used. So "car" would be written as "ka(r)", a much improved
> >orthographic solution.
>And if it appears within a parenthetical expression, it can be
>written as "ka[r]".
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