Midwest Script is a constructed phonetic alphabet for American English.
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If I had any skill or experience in creating fonts, I would do so and spare you this imperfect handwriting, but as it is, please forgive the handwritten glyphs and samples crudely embedded as images.
Number of glyphs: 39
Sources / inspiration: Latin, Old English Runes, Asiatic Abugidas, extended Latin used for linguistic transcription.
Mission: To encode the author’s dialect of English as phonetically as possible, using an alphabet that looks more natural than synthetic or academic.
Use: I use the script to study phonetics in literary composition. Also to write arcane personal notes that ideally make friends and family suspect I am quietly channeling the weird communiqué of occult demons.
|eilif||Medial sound in uh-oh; perhaps replaces terminal t in ancient, faint, and similar words. For this reason, the glottal stop may not be as alien to American English as textbooks suspect.|
|tool||/t/ — A strict t. Not the mere tap in the middle of water, but the end consonant of watt.|
|door||/d/ — A strict d. Like the tool glyph, this is not used for the alveolar tap.|
|ghost||Silent. Represents an ancestral /k/,/g/,or/gh/. Most frequently occurs in words ending in -ly (from an Old English -lig) or -y. Also used in thought and similar words for the silent -gh-.|
|thrush||Alveolar tap. Medial consonant in water. The reason why latter and ladder sound alike in casual pronunciation.|
|shoal||/š/ — Consonant in she.|
|genre||/ž/ — Medial consonant in measure. Approximately the consonant in French je.|
|sol||/s/ — Straightforward sibilant s of standard speech.|
|thorn||Initial consonant of thunder\||but not of the, an unvoiced dental fricative.|
|thalet||Initial consonant of the. Voiced dental fricative.|
|Eng||Final consonant of any gerund form –ing when pronounced precisely.|
|Eng vocalic||Initial phoneme of English when pronounced casually.|
|need vocalic||Final phoneme of any gerund form –ing when pronounced casually, or of button. May be initial sound in understand or interest when pronounced quickly.|
|mount vocalic||Final vowel of bottom, initial vowel of immortal when pronounced casually.|
|human||Breath noise when preceding /j/, as in human. Unvoiced palatial aspirant.|
|universe||Palatial approximant consonant as in you, universe, human, etc.|
|eel||Vowel in eat, wheel, and second sound in the diphthong of alive.|
|ride||Consonant beginning road.|
|earth||Initial vowel of earth (there is no ea-), and final vowel of water (there is no –e-).|