Stan wrote:nobody finds this interesting?
That's weird, I never saw that post! Thanks for bringing it up again
Well, that's really interesting to me, especially because it gives a clue to which vowels he used in his speech (or believed he used). Here are my comments:
--I found it very interesting that he used the symbol representing /ɔ/ as the beginning of the /aʊ/ diphthong. Presumably this means he pronounced it (or believed he pronounced it--he wasn't a linguist as linguistics didn't really exist as we know it today) /ɔʊ/.
--He also uses /ɔ/ for the second vowel in "because" and the first in "contrary," which is quite interesting.
--why did he include /l/ in "would?" It'd been absent in English for centuries in that word. My guess is that traditional orthography was still influencing his new system. This can also be seen with his "to" which would indicate /to/ under his system but it's been pronounced /tu( : )/ since the Great Vowel Shift of the 15th century in English and he was around in the 18th century.
--he had yod coalescence in "new." He seems to indicate /j/ in "few" with /fiu/ but his system has /nu/ for "new." This is consistent with current pronunciation for most Americans.
--he represents the /aɪ/ diphthong as /ʌɪ/.
--he shows a different vowel for "more" and "foreigner." If this is accurate, then he was not "Tory-torrent" merged. B Franklin was born and raised in Boston, which is still mostly not "Tory-torrent" merged to this day. He later went to Philadelphia, which is also largely "Tory-torrent" unmerged.
--he doesn't provide for schwa, which has long existed in English in many unstressed positions and certainly did by the time he was around
--he doesn't show "way" and "age" as having the same vowel. With "age" he implies it has /ɛ/. I think he may have forgotten the <ê> for that one.
--he inconsistently shows [z]. He has it in "is" and "varies" but not in plurals like "rules."
Anyway, thanks for posting this--very interesting, but it appears he didn't exactly stick to his own rules all the time! It still does shed some light on his pronunciation. Very cool.