Screen 5a
EU (Latin)Vowel Standardisation

The three following tables, ‘standard vowels’, ‘digraphic long vowels’ and ‘diacritic long vowels’ are a major step towards standardised English. They provide easy to learn consistency for children and dyslexic. European (EU) pronunciation of vowels, also spoken in S. America, provides a widely familiar spelling basis on which Sayspel is built


a   apl       man
e   entr     bed
i    in         lid
o   orinj    top
u   undr    cup
Standard short vowels
Phonetic continental vowels
a, e, i, o, u, are pronounced practically the same in Northern England, Spain, Germany, Italy and other European countries.
The preferred pronunciation of
u, as in ‘bus’ lies between (bus) N. England, and (bas) London.
long vowels
aa   aa
bl    daam
ee   eezi    deem
ii     iiland   diim
oo   ooc     doom
uu   uuz     duum
Diigrafic long vowels
Long vowel, twin symbols aa, ee, ii, oo are pronounced the same as the names of the letters of which they are composed. They are vowel name phonemic, easily recognised and easily memorised.
Since the name of the letter
u, is spoken yu as in ‘yusfl’ and not uu as in ‘muun’, they are treated separately as yu and uu.
long vowels
ā    ā
bl      dām
ē    ēzi      dēm
ī     īland    dīm
ō    ōc       dōm
ū    ūz       dūm
Diiacritic long vowels
Diacritics used to symbolise the long vowels are preferred by many spelling reformers to the double vowels, of digraphs. When the macron character is attached to the vowel on the typing key, text will be written 6-8% faster and shorter.



Screen 5b
15 significant clarifications in Sayspel

Traditional
Sayspel

name, rain, play
aa
naam, raan, plaa
father, palm, vase
ah
fahthr, pahm,vahz
out, cow, plough
au
aut, cau, plau
kick, back, key
c
cic, bac, cee
fair, bare, pear
er
fer, ber, per
like, fly, pie
ii
liic, flii, pii
year, here, deer
ir
yir, hir, dir
vision, beige, measure
jh
vijhn, baajh, mejhr
hole, soul, goal
oo
hool, sool, gool
auto, sought, tall
ou
outo, sout, toul
queen, quick, equal
q
qeen, qic, eeql
thin, moth, through
tt
ttin, mott, ttruu
magnet, carrot   schwa
u
magnut, carut
shoe, boot, true
uu
shuu, buut, truu
use, few, view yu yuz, fyu, vyu



Screen 5c
The ‘long vowel’ learning rhyme
day The A sound in daa, is spelt with aa
see " E " " see " " " ee
fly " I " " flii " " " ii
snow " O " " snoo " " " oo
shoe " U " " shuu " " " uu



Screen 5d

Phonetic alignment explained

aa   sounds the alphabetic name of the letter a as in naam (name) or raan (rain).

ah    as in fahthr (father) or pahm (palm).

au   the pronunciation of out clearly begins with an a, as in apple, and not with an o as in orange. 

c     c replaces k.  c has the k sound, never the s. Only half the changes are needed. from k to c than from c to k.

er    produces the sound as in where and there. The gas mixture air retains its spelling.

ii     sounds the alphabetical name of the letter i.

jh   distinguishes the pronunciation of vision (vijhn) from mission (mishn). jh is spoken as is the French j in jardin.

ir     phonetic i+r =ir =ear, beer = bir, near = nir, here = hir.

ou   as in, bought, oulso, outo, ouful, replaces (a)lso, (au)to, (aw)ful, etc. (o as in orange not a as in apple).

oo   sounds the alphabetical name of the letter o. Motorboat  changes to mootrboot, soul to sool, low to loo.

q     replaces qu. examples: qic, qeen, liqid, instead of quick, queen, liquid.

tt    distinguishes the non-vocal lisp th in thin (ttin), from the vocal th  as in then.

u     used flexibly as in nut and in bul and to symbolise indistinctive sounds, gallop (galup), sickness (sicnus), etc.

uu   the long ‘u’ vowel sound as in ‘tomb, route, crew, moon, shoe,  relates to the letter ‘u’  and is written with uu as in: ‘tuum, ruut, cruu, muun, and shuu. SSS Journal 1987/3. Ref. Prof. Gregersen. Queens College N.Y.

yu   sounds the alphabetic name of the letter u, few, due, change to fyu, dyu.

Vowels as sounded and spelt in Northern English, German, Italian, Spanish and other EU languages  and South America, are practically the same. They have provided the phonetic basis of Continental and English spelling for centuries. It is a stable vowel system suited to World English.