Unfortunately, for the past few months I've been too busy
to take part in this project, so my comments may be irrelevant.
Last I knew of, there hadn't been an agreed upon vowel system.
What makes the choice difficult is that we're working under
several constraints. We're stuck with the Latin alphabet, which
is woefully inadequate for a phonetic language. We could
add diacritics, but many newsreaders wouldn't be able to
handle them. Even if you have software that can handle them
it can become a pain to remember all the alt+xxxx keystrokes.
We could use dipthongs, but there's the risk of confusion
about whether it's two separate vowels or not. So ultimately
there's no great solution to the problem.
So I propose a system where each vowel has two sounds and the
rule for determining the sound is regular. I've also been
forced to use some dipthongs because some of the common sounds
just wouldn't fit into the aforementioned system.
For single vowels each letter can represent a long or short
vowel. All vowels are short unless followed by a single consonant
or are at the end of a word.
a (long) fAther
a (short) mAn
e (long) bEAr
e (short) nEt
i (long) sEE
i (short) hIt
o (long) sOle
o (short) nOt
u (long) mOOn
u (short) German Und
The three dipthongs are
ue German UEber
oe German schOEn
Hopefully this choice will be easy to learn and broad enough
for a variety of sounds.
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