[LMB] late-series copy-editing/copyediting/copy editing

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Sat Sep 19 19:13:37 BST 2015


On Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 7:41 AM, William A Wenrich <wawenri at msn.com> wrote:

> The reason there will never be a phonetic spelling of English is that there
> will never be a consensus of what English sounds like.


For very many words, there is both a very strong agreement on how the word
is pronounced, and a spelling which doesn't reflect that pronunciation.
Consider 'ocean'.  It's pronounced oh-shun.

For other accents, they're often consistent in their variations from
baseline English.  For example, the accents in which intervocal /t/ can be
pronounced as a glottal stop are consistent in when it's permitted.  (Think
of The Beatles and how George might pronounce the word 'bottle'.)  So you
can spell bottle with 't' and let different accents have different rules
about what sounds the letters encode.  In 'bottle', the final 'e' is silent
and merely reinforces the vocalic 'l'.  There should be a symbol for that.

Judging from the description of Barrayaran script, at least during the Time
of Isolation, they adopted a symbol set that represented each sound.


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