[Spellyans] cledh etc

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Mon Jan 14 11:20:03 GMT 2013

On 14 Jan 2013, at 10:51, Jon Mills <j.mills at email.com> wrote:

> Pronouncing <u> as [iː]~[i] is counter-intuitive. Such prescription is not helpful to learners of RLC and derogates against the RLC community.

There are millions of Germans who pronounce "Vögel" as /feːgəl/ and "grün" as /griːn/ and they don't seem to be too put out by it. 

Of course, if you want to massively double the orthographic options by having duplicates like tus/tîs for this incredibly frequent phoneme, you can. But I don't think it would be good for the language in the long term.

Yes. RLC users have to learn what the graph ‹u› means. Just as they have to learn what ‹dh› means, and ‹gh› and all the rest. Learners, they learn.

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/

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