Tower Orthography

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Foor dhis in Tawyr Oorthaagryfii sii Tawyr Oorthaagryfii

Tawyr Oorthaagryfii, or Tower Orthagraphy, is a simple alternative writing system for English. Its sister orthography is Krisauka.


The Bell Tower of Temple University

It was a system of writing created by Timothy Patrick Snyder and Rebecca Spatz. It was named for the Bell Tower at Temple University, where the two created the writing system. It was created to make a generally more phonetic form of English, without having accents and extra letters. The only symbols which are not on standard English Keyboards are þ and ð, used for historical purposes connected to Old English, but can also be replaced with the diagraphs th and dh respectively.

Tawyr employs the Dutch technique of doubling a vowel to indicate Tense/Lax variation. With the exception of y all vowels have a single and double form, and all of those except for a and aa only differ by Tenseness or Laxness. Most other sounds would be similar to the standard English equivalents, with the exceptions of c, x, tc, dx, j, and '.

The System

Here is the Chart showing the system with the IPA:

Tawyr Oorthaagryfii.jpg

Advantages - Advantydxiz

  • More Phonetic
    • Easier for foreign language learners to learn English
    • Easier writing system for Children
  • Makes more logical sense
    • Native English speakers would likely have an easier time with spelling and grammar
    • Fits with all forms of grammar, and does not have pesky homophones
  • It may help standardise spoken English

Disadvantages - Disadvantydxiz

  • Doesn't reflect English's Historic spelling and pronunciation
    • It did not evolve from Middle English orthography
  • Once standardised, It will not be as useful for spoken dialects
    • If it's standardised it would not promote dialect evolution
    • If standardised it would help dialects to merge into one.

Examples - Egzampylz

Moodulz -Models

cud = should
wud = would
kud = could
mee = may
wil = will
caal = shall
kan = can

Impoortent verbz - Important verbs

bii = be
duu = do
noo = know
goo = go
sii = see
am = am
ar = are
iz = is
wyz = was
wer = were

Kwestcyn wyrdz - Question words

wai = why
huu = who
hau = how
wyt = what
weer = where
wen = when

Proonaunz - Pronouns

Case First Person Second Person Third Person
Sing. Plur. Sing. & Plur. Sing. Masc. Sing. Fem. Sing. Neut. Plur.
Subjective ai = I wii = we juu = you hii = he cii = she it = it dhee = they
Objective mii = me ys=us juu = you him = him her = her it = it them = them
Possessive main = mine, mai = my awyrz = ours, awyr = our joorz = yours, joor = your hiz = his herz = hers, her = her its = its dheerz = theirs, dheer = their

Artikylz and Diimaanstrytives - Articles and Demonstratives

y = a
yn = an
dhy = the
dhis = this
dhiiz = these
dhat = that
dhooz = those

Kaalyrz - Colours

red = red
aarandx = orange
wait = white
yeloo = yellow
braun = brown
pyrpyl = purple
blak = black
bluu = blue
pingk = pink
griin = green

Impoortent Adverbz - Important Adverbs

verii = very
wel = well
kwiklii = quickly

Kynjyngktcynz - Conjunctions

byt = but
oor = or
and = and
biicyz = because
iidhyr = either
niidhyr = neither

Sample text

My friend and I made this new system for writing English, because we wanted a phonetic system of writing English which can be used with the normal keyboard. It's fairly simple, and based a good bit on the IPA with influences from Dutch, Icelandic, and a few others, though most of the consonants are the same as standard English. I want to know what people think, and if they'd be willing to try it.
Timothy Snyder

Mai frend and ai meed dhis nuu sistym foor raiting Ingglic, biikyz wii wyntyd y foonetik sistym yv raiting Ingglic witc kan bii yuuzd with dhy noormol kiiboord. Its feerlii simpyl, and beest y gud bit on dhy AI PII EE with influuentsys frym Dytc, aislandik, and y fjuu ydhyrz, dhoo moost yv dhy cansoonants ar dhy seem az standyrd Ingglic. Ai wynt tuu noo wyt piipyl thingk, and if dheed bii wiling tuu trai it.
Timythii Snaidyr

Sources: [[1]]

Page written by Timothy Patrick Snyder