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    Re: Voice tone meaning

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    Couldn't people agree on some common signs to graphically indicate the original tone of the utterance?
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    Is it possible for you and me to pronounce this sentence with the same tone?

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    Re: Voice tone meaning

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    Couldn't people agree on some common signs to graphically indicate the original tone of the utterance?
    Wouldn't that just complicate things and mess up an economical writing system?

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    Re: Voice tone meaning

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    Wouldn't that just complicate things and mess up an economical writing system?
    My idea was that any writing system is trying to record not only the straightforward meaning of what has been or is supposed to be said but also what was or is implied in as much detail as possible, tone, intonation and rhythmic pattern included. (see Barb’s brilliant example)


    It is a widespread belief that the English spelling system is recklessly misleading when it comes to pronunciation but to a certain extent it could be true of practically any spelling system.


    Should we simply admit that as any human invention our writing systems are far from being perfect?


    I would also add, if I may, that a bit of good schooling could work miracles in this field of communication.

    ps. What is an economical writing system? Is it about the right balance between how much we want to and can get across?

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