Phonetic orthographies

John Cowan cowan at
Fri Nov 10 20:49:10 CET 2006

Peter Constable scripsit:

> Think of it like creating a filter for you email inbox, and suppose
> these were tags in the subject field: you'd be creating a bunch of
> rules, one for each of these, with a need to keep adding rules as you
> discovered more and more cases; but the alternative would be having one
> tag, Latp, that was getting used with all of these, allowing you to
> write your rule once and never need to update it. That analogy should
> give you a partial picture of how #2 could be useful and solve a need.

In addition, one may be able to discern a phonetic orthography even if
one cannot reliably distinguish Trager/Smith from Kenyon & Knott.

John Cowan    cowan at
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