The Americai Speak Alphabet


This is Ruby Olive Foulk's alphabet, with the IPA equivalents in red as far as I can determine. Some of her key words leave me puzzled: "floor" is one of the words she gives for O, along with 7 other words with a clear [ou] value. But for A she gives "all, born, ought," so I assume she normally spells this sound with A, not O. She also uses "aunt" for a keyword along with "father, army, not, and guard." This is appropriate for only a few Americans, most people using the vowel she spells as C, with the key words "hat, plaid, guaranty" instead.

This page was originally a part of my site on Geocities, maintained until 1998. The last edit on the Geocities page was made on an unrecorded date in 1997. The pages on Geocities could not be edited between 1998 and 2009, and were preserved as they were, until download in preparation for migration to this site took place on May 22, 2009.
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