By Prasanna Chandrasekhar,Nicholas Ostler,Christopher Moseley
This e-book offers a brand new, common script, denoted NAVLIPI, in a position to expressing the entire world’s languages, from English and Arabic, to tonal languages resembling Mandarin, to click on languages reminiscent of !Xo Bushman. according to the Roman script, NAVLIPI makes use of simply 5 new or reworked letters (glyphs) as well as the 26 letters of the Roman script; it makes use of no diacritics, fairly making heavy use of “post-ops”, post-positional operators. Its expression is particularly facile and intuitive and hugely amenable to cursive writing in addition to keyboarding and voice transcription. extra scientifically and systematically geared up than even Hangul, NAVLIPI accommodates crucial beneficial properties of a common script, to date found in no global script so far, corresponding to universality, completeness, uniqueness, and useful phonemic program. It addresses the intense deficiencies of the alphabet of the overseas Phonetic organization. most significantly, NAVLIPI addresses phonemic idiosyncrasy, for the 1st time ever in any global script; between different issues, phonemic idiosyncrasy makes transcription, within the comparable script, of, e.g. Mandarin and English, or Hindi/Urdu and Tamil, tremendous tough. it really is felt that NAVLIPI is brought at a suitable time for a globalized international, which wishes a unmarried script during which it is simple and intuitive to transcribe all the world’s languages; it could actually additionally help in the upkeep of endangered languages. except providing the recent script, the e-book additionally offers an intensive evaluation of approximately all past paintings via 5 millennia to the current, a easy dialogue of phonetic and phonemic category, “exercises” in bobbing up with new scripts, a thesaurus of phrases, and greater than 620 unique references in linguistics and comparable fields. Nicholas Ostler makes the next statement: “NAVLIPI is a scientific extension of Roman script with a few goals in view: To be a realistic (legible and writable) script for the entire world’s languages, yet while to symbolize the languages’ sounds precisely and continually, making no compromises at the phonemic precept. during this bold target, it is going past latest scripts: past traditional Roman scripts, since it calls for that its symbols are interpreted an analogous method all over the place; past phonetic scripts reminiscent of the foreign Phonetic Alphabet, by way of representing phonemes singly, instead of as a collection of telephones; and past the entire different scripts, through trying to substitute each certainly one of them with no lack of major phonetic aspect. it is a stupendous goal for a unmarried approach created through a unmarried pupil. “The major quandary to Chandrasekhar’s fulfillment is the phenomenon of “phonemic idiosyncrasy”, wherein the particular speech sounds are geared up into varied, and cross-cutting, major units in a number of languages: for instance, p, no matter if aspirated or un-aspirated, is similar phoneme in English, however the models belong to contrasting phonemes in Hindi, the place (however) f is heard because the related sound as aspirated-p. by means of juxtaposing letters, Chandrasekhar evokes new symbols that characterize at once the complicated phonemic truth. The try to have the entire attainable virtues of a phonetic writing approach instantaneously - at the foundation of a unmarried man’s excellent - is what makes this a heroic endeavor.” Dr. Chandrasekhar was once born in India and lives and works in the USA. he's a chemist and enterprise proprietor lively within the U.S. safety contracting undefined, yet his ethnic history areas him in a multilingual, multiscriptal society. an concept like Navlipi used to be probably to come up in India, the place a variety of scripts compete for the eye’s recognition in daily life, and an inquiring brain reminiscent of the author’s was once moved to attempt to distil them right into a unmarried uniform writing system.