Reply to “@jayeless I found your post very interesting. I'm not sure a spelling change will get anywhere if the spelling adds new characters that aren't currently used in English…” by JayT

Original post found at: https://fosstodon.org/@JayT/107222598217754874

@jayeless I found your post very interesting. I’m not sure a spelling change will get anywhere if the spelling adds new characters that aren’t currently used in English. I’d lean more towards using letter combo’s and doubling to make consistent sounds. Maybe something like:
cute -> kyoot
cot -> kot
cat -> kat
cart -> kaart

Does that make any sense? 😛

Thanks! I did consider that approach too, and I don’t think a bad one or anything 😛 The reason I went with what I did is that it made the vowels more consistent with their IPA values and what they mean in other languages. For example:

  • cute – [kjuːt] – better to spell that sound with a variant of U
  • free – [friː] – better to spell it with a variant of I

You could use double U or double I, if you preferred! The only “long vowel” I’d be hesitant to do that with is the “long O” [ɔː] in “thought” or “law”, because I do think it’d be confusing to have a letter combination mean something different from real/modern English.

A different approach I considered was using a double consonant to indicate the previous vowel was short (because short ones can’t go at the ends of words anyway). So like:

  • sleep – [sliːp] – slip
  • slip – [slɪp] – slipp

I ended up not doing that because English turns out to have so many short vowels, and it was resulting in a really high number of double consonants 😛 Also as you can see from the slip/sleep example, it sometimes involves “swapping” things from the current spellings. But it could still work, if we decided it was better than using accents, and at least it’d give double consonants a reason to exist.

Another really difficult problem was schwa. It’s OK when it appears as a reduced form of a stronger vowel (like in appear it’s a reduced [æ], in reflect it’s a reduced [ɛ]) because you can spell it with that letter. But when it’s really always a schwa it’s hard to know what to do 🤔 I’d definitely have liked to eliminate that extra letter but having it seemed like the least-worst option at the time.

Of course, all these problems are much more solvable if you decide you just want to regularise English spelling (making it consistent, at least) and aren’t so worried about conveying the exact pronunciation 😊 It’d be a huge improvement on our current system for sure, anyway, it’s just I was trying to go a little further. You’re right that a system like you started outlining is probably more likely to get public acceptance.

Reply to “Indieweb as state of mind” by Leon Paternoster

Original post found at: https://www.thisdaysportion.com/posts/indieweb-is-not-social-media/

I found this all an interesting discussion! I’ve certainly enjoyed having my own site again and tinkering to add various IndieWeb features, but it’s not something I’d realistically expect the average person to do. That said, I also agree that the fundamentals of the IndieWeb are really just having your own site – everything else like post types, webmentions, etc. seem mainly there to mimic social media, which I think is an awesome extra, but isn’t necessary just to have your own, “independent” site. The latter is much easier of course (although still not something everyone will want to do).

Another thing I will say I’ve noticed is that most of the people who’ve implemented IndieWeb principles to any degree on their site also have Micro.blog accounts… making it much easier in most cases to comment on Micro.blog than by actually making a reply post on my own site. I guess there’s nothing really wrong with that, but it just seems funny given the “IndieWeb” ethos. I can make the effort to do otherwise (like I’m doing for this, now) but most of the time I wonder what’d be the point, and take the path of least resistance.


Original post found at: https://lmika.org/2021/07/22/seeking-out-bad.html

@lmika(external link) I can completely relate to this. I think there are numerous issues that I’d like to be aware of and understand, but the daily flood of posts just drilling into me over and over again how awful things are is unnecessary and not great for my wellbeing. When I was an undergrad, at least I was involved in activism to try to “do something” about these issues, but it ended up feeling so unproductive it got dispiriting 🙁 These days, I would like to stay informed, but there’s such a fine line between staying informed and depressing myself…

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