Holmdel, New Jersy (PressExposure) March 13, 2012 -- Presents a new, universal script, denoted NAVLIPI, capable of expressing all the world's languages, from English and Arabic, to tonal languages such as Mandarin, to click languages such as !Xo Bushman. NAVLIPI uses just five new/transformed letters in addition to the 26 letters of the Roman script; it uses no diacritics, rather using "post-ops". It is intuitive, highly amenable to cursive writing and keyboarding. It addresses the serious deficiencies of the International Phonetic Association alphabet. It addresses phonemic idiosyncrasy, for the first time ever in any world script. It also presents a thorough review of nearly all prior art through five millennia to the present, a basic discussion of phonetic and phonemic classification, "exercises" in coming up with new scripts, a glossary of terms, and more than 620 detailed references.
Nicholas Ostler observes: "NAVLIPI is a systematic extension of Roman script with a number of aims in view: To be a practical (legible and writable) script for all the world's languages, but at the same time to represent the languages' sounds exactly and consistently, making no compromises on the phonemic principle. It goes beyond existing scripts: Beyond ordinary Roman scripts, because it requires that its symbols are interpreted the same way everywhere; beyond phonetic scripts such as the International Phonetic Alphabet, by representing phonemes singly, rather than as a set of phones; beyond all the other scripts, by attempting to replace every single one of them without loss of significant phonetic detail. The attempt to have all the possible virtues of a phonetic writing system at once is what makes this a heroic endeavour."
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Forewords by Nicholas Ostler and Christopher Moseley.
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