Thoughts, Opinions, Gripes, & Grievances


Kian Pfannenstiel, Writer

A lot of the work I have done on the alphabet is over. I haven’t put it on any computer interface (I really hope I used that term right), primarily because I haven’t the foggiest idea as to how. But, I will describe the letters to you and how they are pronounced. Hopefully, I will put this on a computer so I can show you what they look like.

I must admit, I’ve run into a bit of a roadblock, and would greatly appreciate any advice. The alphabet is so far impeccable for phonetics (I’m not including syllables or stresses, though) as far as I can tell. But, homophones would be spelled the same way. So, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the words they’re, their, and there. They’d all be pronounced the same way, so, if you have a thought as to how to avoid this problem, please leave a comment detailing your thoughts.

I do have one thought so far: have a form of each letter that is silent, so it doesn’t affect the pronunciation while it makes each word look slightly more like its original form, and it would help differentiate between homophones.

As promised, I will describe to you what each letter looks like and how it is used.

Letters paired with ‘h’ to make a new sound have a small tag on the top of them leaning to the right. This is the only form of the letter ‘c’, as I’m sure you’ll understand from my previous article outlining why the letter ‘c’ is worthless.

Vowels have a hyphen above them if it is their secondary sound. For instance ‘ee’ or ‘oo’ (though, the last one would be for the letter ‘u’). The letter ‘y’ is no longer a vowel.

Most other existing sound combinations (like ‘ow’, for example) can be made from a combination of the existing phonetics I have provided. That ‘ow’ example would be made from the base ‘a’ and the ‘o’ with a line over it.

This alphabet is a work-in-progress, so everything is still subject to change, and there is a bit more that I’m toying with in my head, so there is definitely more to come.