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    #31

    Re: no ə alphabet in English

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    I'm amazed that you know so much about Hangul. We didn't have our own character system until the late 14th century. King Sejong invented it because he felt a great sympathy for the people having a hard time putting their ideas in writing without characters that match Korean pronunciations.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 12-Feb-2020 at 17:55. Reason: Remove a duplicate word.
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    #32

    Re: no ə alphabet in English

    Syllable division used to be a skill of typists. Nowadays, it is for dictionaries. People can tell you that people is a two-syllable word, but most native speakers could not say whether it is peop-le or peo-ple. It simply doesn't matter much to them. It doesn't affect much. If they really need to know, they have dictionaries and other reference works to give them an answer.

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    #33

    Re: no ə alphabet in English

    Could somebody fix my post (#31)? Or will "until until" be there forever?

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    #34

    Re: no ə alphabet in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Syllable division used to be a skill of typists. Nowadays, it is for dictionaries. People can tell you that people is a two-syllable word, but most native speakers could not say whether it is peop-le or peo-ple. It simply doesn't matter much to them. It doesn't affect much. If they really need to know, they have dictionaries and other reference works to give them an answer.
    OK, thank you for the information, and it has given me a great enlightenment on English pronunciation type.
    However, my gist was that even though English is accent-based, not syllable-based, English alphabet is not the best system for English speakers as it is only an adopted system from a foreign language, especially in terms of mismatching spellings for pronunciations, so there is a great room for the need of improvement or replacement of the letter system.

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    #35

    Re: no ə alphabet in English

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    However, my gist was that even though English is accent-based, not syllable-based, the English alphabet is not the best system for English speakers as it is only an adopted system from a foreign language, especially in terms of mismatching spellings for pronunciations, so there is a great room for the need of improvement or replacement of the letter system.
    The Latin alphabet is flexible. It's used as a phonetic alphabet in many languages. This would be possible for English, too, as has been discussed above, but it will never happen for reasons that have also been discussed above.
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