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Silent alphabet

Phonics is the basis for a national exam in the UK assessing reading competency among the young; fail, and students are remedial readers, regardless of their actual competency in reading.

Thinking about the sounds letters make, I started to wonder if there are any letters of the alphabet which are *never* silent, or if the entire alphabet could be "said" by saying nothing at all....

I'm hardly the first person to try making an alphabet out of this online. I don't pronounce all the words the same as some of those who've tried this exercise, so am not convinced by those in brackets, although they're starting places. * mark words disagreed with by commenters.

A *logically
B thumb
C *chthonic, muscle
D *Wednesday, bridge
E are
F halfpenny
G thorough
H shepherd
I maize
J marijuana
K knight
L half
M mnemonic
N Autumn
O colonel
P receipt
Q lacquer
R [February]
S island
T subtle often
U tongue
W write
X faux
Y [mayor]
Z rendezvous

In short: the phonics alphabet *could* be largely pronounced through silence, with just a couple of letters left to say any other way....

Done with some insights from this site, this one and this one.



Sep. 11th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Google "dearest creature in creation" to study English prononciation.
Sep. 12th, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
Many thanks for posting the link. I'm amazed by two things: 1) that anyone could be so cleaver as to write it and 2) that I can read it. How does anyone ever learn this language? But, even so, I don't understand some of his rhymes, e.g., via & choir, food & would, and (especially, since I'm from that state) [succour,] four & Arkansas.