Nu English Rules Discussion
Considering and adopted for Nu English v0.3C
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A Few Rules of Spelling.
1. Plurals are formed with a trailing "S". The normal exceptions of standard English also apply, notably "ES" and "IES". children becomes chields, geese becomes gueses.
2. Possessive is shown as -"'S". Or, if the word ends with S or Z, then as just the single quote after the final S', Z'.
3. Adverbs use -"LE" for qualifiers. ( see Y discussion from ESS.)
4. Compound words may be combined from two nouns (milkman) or a noun and a directive (sundown).
A hyphen between component words is recommended where clarity is desired, but not required. milk-man, sun-down.
5. Names of persons, places, events (proper nouns) are spelled as commonly used in North America with the first letters capitalized. Thus Nu English, and not Inglish.
6. If the final letter of a Nu English word is an l, n, or r, then the sound is that as if a brief schwa were included. That vowel does not show, but is sounded as briefly -ǝl, -ǝn, and -ǝr. In Standard English, these were typically spelled -le, -en, and -er. Perhaps -ed, . . .
7. Contractions to represent common speech are fine, "I hav" is "I'v" ; we'v , we'r , can't , I'd , it's, thae'v , yue'd.
Note that Y is only used as a consonant; the old vowel becomes ie in Bye (Bie) , ae (Mae) , . . .
A Few Rules of Grammar
1. Degree is expressed with "MORE" and "MOST" or with a suffix of -"ER" and -"EST".
2. Negative adjectives are formed with "UN"-.
Non- provides another degree of negation as having never existed.
3. Questions are formed by inversion or by "DO".
4. Measurement, numerals, currency, calendar, and international terms are in English form.
5. Technical expressions, abbreviations, and acronyms customary for the immediate task are included in the locally used form.
6. Future actions are indicated by WILL; past actions by DID or a suffix of -ED added to the verb.
- Single quote is a contraction, as with -n't, and is said very quickly at the end of a word. Symbols ľ, ŉ and ŕ have the mark built into the phonetic symbol, but only the letter is written.
- Single quote is also a syllable stress indicator, is slightly stronger and follows the stressed syllable.
- Short words do not differentiate spelling betweeen long and short sounds. No extra E to indicate long sounds, retains traditional spelling for words three letters or less.
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