A "One-Letter-Equals-One-Sound One-Stroke International Phonetic Alphabet


Sounds represented with English alphabet:
/A/ /B/ /D/ /E/ /F/ /G/ /H/ /I/
/J/ /K/ /L/ /M/ /N/ /O/ /P/ /R/
/S/ /T/ /U/ /V/ /W/ /Y/ /Z/
/a/ /C/ /e/ /h/ /i/ /j/ /l/ /m/ /n/
/o/ /r/ /s/ /t/ /w/ /u/ /v/ /x/ /y/

Download fonik.ttf my international phonetic symbols font file, and copy to your c:\Windows\fonts folder to use in most word processing programs.

I made an International Phonetic Alphabet that I think is more simple, easier to draw, and in some ways more accurate than the official International Phonetic Alphabet. The key points are:
1) Each unique sound has one and only one symbol
2) Each symbol must be simple to draw in one stroke
3) Each sound from every language must have a symbol

The evolution of the individual sounds used in human language is an amazingly interesting story. In particular when a person understands that different sound groups are related, for example "l","m","n","r" are all similar and may have been created by humans living near each other at the same time. A person can recognize from what remains of the native american languages that by the time people reached the Americas, most of the sounds used today had been already evolved. We can see that the "a" in "cat" evolved only recently and is strictly an English speaking phenomenon (as far as I know). We see that the "Th" in "theater" and in "the" have two different sounds, and that both are specifically from Greek language, never entered Chinese, Arabic or German. I was surprised to find that thereare two different sounds for the letters l,m,n or r (like "love", "move", "near", "run") or does not (like the l, m, n, and r in "fill", "from", "fun", "for"). So each should have a unique symbol. Which were the first sounds humans made? I think perhaps the vowels came very early, as did the sounds for b,d,g,k,p,t. How was the order of the early alphabet decided? What language was first to be translated with an alphabet? Perhaps that language was semitic or egyptian. A good link is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_alphabet. The International Phonetic Alphabet Page is http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/ipa/ipa.html

I want to make an appeal to everybody on earth to figure out a way to use an international phonetic alphabet for these reasons:
1) To unify all languages under one alphabet/system. All languages can be spelled using the same alphabet.
2) More efficient (no silent letters, unintuitive spellings, accent marks), people don't have to memorize unintuitive spellings.
3) Far fewer spelling mistakes, no more questions about how to spell any word, just simply sound it out/spell what you hear.
4) More logical, no more one letter, like "o" having more than one sound.
5) Takes less time for a person new to writing/typing to learn
6) Easy to learn
7) Makes learning other languages easier (for example Chinese that currently has no alphabet)
8) Helps future people understand how text sounded during this time.

update 12/15/05:
We need to put together and vote together new phonetic signs for sign language (unless I don't doubt there have already been some symbols put together...that is fine lets's hope they are intuitive and simple). It may be easier for deaf people trying to learn how to cor update 09/28/07
Download FonikMT.ttf my international phonetic symbols font file, and copy to your c:\Windows\fonts folder to use in most word processing programs. Generally, capital letters represent the more common sound, with lower case the secondary sound associated with the English letter. In addition, other lower case letters (such as v,w,x,y, etc) are used to represent unique less common base phonic sounds.

update 9/15/2012
I still have to determine how best to represent the 5 different changes in pitch of mandarin. Possibly by using 1 of 5 slanted-lines before or over each word. I am interested in seeing what the public thinks. Perhaps Chinese may, over the course of centuries, adapt to remove changes in pitch- anything is possible. Perhaps even written language will be surpassed by direct-to-brain images and sounds some century.