Monday, June 3, 2013

Universal alphabet

Here is a sample of how it looks written...
This says: "My name is Ben."

It looks cryptic but it is really simple, every individual sound is a group of four symbols in a square such as in the above:
This is the B sound in "Ben". The top left symbol in this square is one of x,1,2,3,4,5 and indicates how open the lips of the mouth are, x for closed and 1,2,3,4,5 for progressively more open. If the lips are rounded to form the sound there is a circle around this symbol. As you round and close the lips to form the b sound this is an x with a circle around it.
The bottom left symbol is a letter one of a,b,c,d,e,f,g and indicates where your tongue is in your mouth as the sound is formed. a is top of the mouth against the teeth, b is middle of the roof of the mouth, c is towards the back and roof of the mouth, d is forward near the teeth but halfway between the bottom and top of the mouth, e is back middle of the mouth, and f is bottom and forward against the teeth and g is bottom of the mouth back away from the teeth.
The top right symbol indicates the tone of voice as in music, a is the neutral note and b,c,d,e up to a gain are progressively higher tones of voice.
The bottom right symbol indicates how open the jaw is x for closed and is circled if the throat is closed as in "guh". , 1,2,3,4,5 for more and more open.
A word like "Ben" has a beginning, middle, and end sound hence three groups of four symbols make up the word. If the word is multiple syllables a comma is placed between syllables. Also the stressed syllable of the word has an apostrophe following it.

And that is all there is to it, with this way to describe mechanically the way the lips, tongue, jaw, and voice box are acting every dialect of every language can be written phonetically.

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