My English Spelling Reform

Consonants set

/ Bilabial Dental Alveolar Palatal Velar
Nasal m - n - ŋ
Plosive p b - t d - k g
Fricative f v þ ð - hj ch
Sib. fricative - - s z š ž -
Affricate - - - c dž -
Approximant w - r j -
Lat. approximant - - l - -

Vowels set

Short vowel Long vowel
a /ʌ~ə/ á /ɑ/
ä /æ/ e /ɛ/
y /ɪ/ i /iː/
å /ɒ/ ó /ɔː/
ö /ʊ/ u /uː/
-i -u
ai /aɪ/ au /aʊ/
ei /eɪ/ -
oi /ɔɪ/ o /əʊ/


A Á B C D Ð E F G H Ch I J K L M N Ŋ O Ó P R S Š T U V W Y Z Ž Þ Å Ä Ö

Their names are:

a á be ce de eð e ef ge há cha i jåt ka el em en eŋ o ó pe er es eš te u ve wu y zed že þorn å ä ö

First Article of the UDHR

Ál hjuman biyŋs ár born fri änd ikwöl yn dygnyti änd raits. Þei ár endaud wyð rizan änd kånšyns änd šöd äkt tuwords wan anaðör yn a spiryt av braðörhöd.


It's cool you can use IPA in a creative way. But for me, this looks scary! I am sure if we were taught this from a young age it would be easy to read. English is so difficult for ESL learners because of the differences in spelling and pronunciation.


Then **I** will make an English spelling reform.


If you are using ŋ eng, þ thorn, and ð eth, why not also use ʃ esh and ʒ ezh? Diacritics over vowels are bad enough, but over consonants?


Because Š and Ž are better for orthography.


why differentiate θ & ð?


We differ T from D, S from Z, SH from J, K from G, F from V. There's no reason not to differ θ from ð.


are they not allophones?


>are they not allophones? In Old English they were.


ok, and how are they not today?




I really like this idea. English vowels are always a pain in the ass aren't they


If you want a perfect 1:1 sound to glyph ratio just use IPA, everyone knows it. Also, you may be interested in Shavian, it's a completely different script and covers all of English diphthongs and shit. If we're reforming we might go all out.


This looks like an Estono-Icelandic pidgin.


If you want real phonetic English, you should see Shavian. It is a different script and covers all phonemes, including R-colored vowels.