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I’ve mentioned the idea of using the Phonetic alphabet for proper names to people around me. I think having an alphabet where human beings can communicate sounds in an exact form irrespective of any underlying associated meaning is valuable.



IPA is an approximation, but it's still far better than trying to pronunciation-spell.


I’m not familiar with the Phonetic alphabet or IPA beyond what they are conceptually. Ideally, what I want is a bijective function between sounds and letters in some alphabet.


That still might run into issues due to people not being familiar with sounds that aren't used in their native language. While this could theoretically be fixed by teaching all sounds to children early in school, my pessimistic guess is that at least in the US, large portions of the population would resist in the same way that they resist proposed changes like using metric units.


I’m not sure this would work. If you’re an American named Peter, should your British friends call you “Pete-uhh” or “Pete-ur”? I guess you could just decide that it should be the latter, but that’s a fairly big change from what’s done now.


Either one ought to be much better than a french robot pronouncing it “péter” (to fart)...


You could pick the letters that correspond to the way you want it to be sound since it is your name. I suppose there are people who may prefer the difference between the spelling and naïve pronunciation. Maybe an alphabet altogether separate from that used by the IPA would help?




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