a kEbord standard for an ASCII-IPA
Reformed Spellings: bronz, enjin, feDar fether, bUty, lepard, pcrlament, abuv,
sum, nuriS
nurish, gcrd, gest, kqtalog, od, rYm, eb, det, bom, lim, sindar,
pensal, skolar, skwl, CAfd, fAn
fein, gOst, kvd, rysEt, Yl ail, sent, kqC cach

plEz send yur coments & complAnts tu stEv qt Stevetbett@aol.com

 ENgliS  a way to rapidly type 40 sound-signs in phonemic English without having to search for key locations as with the SIL and Unicode -IPA fonts. Since EngliS is an ASCII code, it is also suitable for email. The basic advantage over other ASCII-IPA's, such as SAMPA and Kirshenbaum, is that it is easier to decipher without a key and looks better in print. In addition to having a unique way to represent each phoneme in spoken English, ENgliS provides a keyboard convention for any extended alphabet including IPA -- provided the font was written or converted to this standard.

 ENgliS  compared to Kirshenbaum and IPA

If you are trying to represent  IPA , use SAMPA or Kirshenbaum's script,
If you are representing traditional written English or
tradspel, use ENgliS.
Except for
w and y, where ENgliS takes some liberties, there is a one to one correspondence between the three notations. The isomorphism can be restored by using consonant j & W in ENgliS instead of the vowels: y & w.

CONSONANTS in  ENgliS IPA , Kirshenbaum ASCII notation
The following letters have their usual values in English: b, d, f, h, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, w, z. [ V W ] in ENgliS since v=U & w=u:  S=sh, Z=zh, C=ch, D=dh, T=th, 
IPA Text ENgliS Examples
IPA Text ENgliS Examples
dZ J jam, judge

tS C chip, chin
ŋ N N sing, ring


x X Scots loch

D D then, this


T T thin, thick


Z Z pleasure, vision


S S she, ship


g g get, go


j y / j yet, use, beaut

ENglis normally does not bother with the consonant j for the traditional y except in the pronunciation guide. yes is written yes rather than jes. y is a vowel, an unstressed i as in very.

SHORT VOWELS  This is a misnomer, these vowels are better categorized as checked or needing a trailing consonant.  They are contrasted to the free vowels that can be used at the end of a word.  Since free vowels often use the same letter, they must be marked when followed by a consonant. al el il ol ul in English are different from la le li lo lu.  Tradspel often marks the short vowel with a double consonant and the long vowel with a double vowel letter or magic e.  leve, leev, leav
IPA Text ENgliS Examples
IPA Text ENgliS Examples
a } q cat, bad, trap
ʌ V u dug, run, strut
Ɛ E e bed, net, dress
ʊ U v book, put, foot
I I i kit, bid, hymn
ə @ a about, comma
ɒ Q o  c hot, odd, wash
i i y happy, glorious

hqpy gloryas abowt kcma a & y are unstressed short FREE VOWELS 
NBC-English  -  kcma bcDar   |   BBC-English  -  kQma boDar

FREE VOWELS traditional long vowels

IPA Text ENgliS


IPA Text ENgliS


a: A: c cart, arm
e: E: e hair, dare, various
ɝ: @: R her, nurse
i: i: E meet, see, fleece
ɔ: O: o: port, saw
u: u: w boot, too
eI eI A fate, day
əʊ @U O goat, show, no

hR nRs so hR flEsy her gO tw hR crmz. kqn U rEd Dis?


IPA Text ENgliS Examples
IPA Text ENgliS Examples
aI aI Y ai bite, my, price
aʊ aU ow brow, how
Iə I@ ir pier, near
ɔI OI oy boil, boy
ʊə U@ vr tour, poor
eə e@ er square, fair
aʊə aU@ owr sour
aIə VI@ Yr fire

To be phonemic & consistent, aU would have to be qv. Instead it is ow and "yes wen wE wur yuNg." would have to be spelled with consonants "jes hWen WE Wur juNg."
The ASCII-IPA above was devised by Evan Kirshenbaum.  A similar scheme called SAMPA -a machine readable
[email compatible] notation was developed by John Wells.

Text sample
 ENgliS   .Dqt wiS, qnd wiD Da Tot Dqt uDarz in *A.U.E. mYt bi
that wish, and with the thought that others in a.u.e might be

 Kirshenbaum   D&t wIS], [&nd wID D@ TOt D&t VD@rz In] a.u.e [mAIt bi:

 ENgliS     intarestad in sEiN spisifik igzqmpalz cv Da stuf aloNsYd
interested in seeing specific examples of the stuff alongside
 Kirshenbaum   'Int@r@st@d In si:IN spI'sIfIk Igz&mp@lz A:v D@ stVf @'lONsAId

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (BC) above - the page link above also includes normal speech (BC) The Concise Oxford Dictionary (BC/ML) and Markus Laker's normal speech (ML)
Same story read aloud by readers from different regions and countries.

No phonemic unigraphic script is not going to be as easy to read as a digraphic script. We are much more familiar with th and ch than T and C.  ENgliS is easier to read than any known alternative. If you come up with a better way to represent 36 pure uncombined sounds, please send it to sbett@lycos.com

The IPA offers a set of symbols, and some general guidelines for their use. It does not prescribe transcription systems for particular languages.  Specifying the pronunciation of a headword in a dictionary is one thing; transcribing a specimen of running speech is something quite another. It has been some time since IPA has been used to as an alternative writing system.

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