Simpel-Fonetik Method of Writing

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Simpel-Fonetik is a system of English-language spelling reform that simplifies the reading, writing, and pronunciation of words in English. It was created by Allan Kiisk, a multi-lingual (English, German, Latin, and Estonian) professor of engineering.[1]

Based on phonetic languages including Estonian,[2] Finnish, and Hawaiian, it removes common difficulties of learning to communicate in English by correlating one unique letter per sound and one sound per letter.

According to Noah Webster, "In a perfect language, every simple sound would be expressed by a distinct character; and no character would have more than one sound".[3]

Description[edit]

Basic principles[edit]

Simpel-Fonetik writing is based on the following principles:

1. Each letter represents only one spoken sound

2. There is a letter for each basic sound in the English language

3. Double letters (two adjacent identical letters) represent long vowels and strong consonants.

Letters in the Simpel-Fonetik alphabet[edit]

There are 24 letters: 17 consonants and 7 vowels.

Most of the letters are from the current English Alphabet: A B D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W Z. Two letters are new: Ä Ö.

There are 4 letters in the English Alphabet that are no longer needed: C Q X Y.

Pronunciation[edit]

Below are examples of words that show the sound for each letter.[4]

Letter-glyph Example usage IPA
A kap (cup) ʌ
Ä hät (hat) æ
B big b
D dog d
E end e
F left f
G golf g
H help h
I fit ɪ
J fjord j
K kilo k
L leg l
M lemon m
N tenant n
O on ɒ
Ö pörtöörb (perturb) ə
P pet p
R risk r
S send s
T tent t
U fut (foot), fuud (food) ʊ
V vivid v
W win w
Z zuu (zoo) z

Example[edit]

The Star (H. G. Wells)[5]

It was on the först dei of the nuu jiir thät the ännaunsment was meid, olmoust saimulteiniosli from thri obsöörvatoris, thät the moushon of the plänet Neptuun, the autermoust of ool the plänets thät wiil öbaut the san, häd bikam veri errätik. Ö retardeishon in its velossiti häd biin saspekted in Disember. Then ö feint, rimout spek of lait was diskaverd in the riidshon of the pörtöörbd plänet. At föörst this did not koos eni greit eksaitment. Saientifik piipl, hauever, faund the intelidshens rimaarkabl inaf iiven bifor it bikeim noun thät the nuu bodi was räpidli grouing laardsher änd braiter, änd thät its moushon was kwait different from the orderli progres of the plänets.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neeme, Urmas (25 June 2012). "Väliseestlane reformib eesti keele eeskujul inglise keelt". Postimees. 
  2. ^ Leivat, Laas (2 July 2012). "Estonian as an example for spelling in English". Eesti Elu. 
  3. ^ Webster, Noah (1824). The American Spelling Book. 
  4. ^ Kiisk, Allan (2012). Simpel-Fonetik Dictionary. Tate Publishing, Mustang, Oklahoma. 
  5. ^ "Personal Views #18". The English Spelling Society. 

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