Ideas for an universal alphabet by Francis Lodwick

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                                The redres I propose is to teach them first the true sound 
of all the single vowels then of the Consonants in Conjunc 
tion with the vowels sillabically at first <s>with <\s> one 
consonant with one vowel, first the vowel before the 
consonant then following the consonant, and that 
through all the variations as 
ab, eb, ib, - ba, be, bi, &c
next proceed to sillables with two consonants and one 
vowel as arb, erb, irb, - bra, bre, bri &c 
and so to sillables of three or more consonants with 
one vowell, then to sillables of one vowel between 
two, three, fower &c consonants and this through all 
the severall variations possible, Wherein being 
perfect that they can pronounce any sillable proposed 
at first sight without hesitation then join two three 
or more sillables in one word, and practise them therein 
lastly teach them the use of the accent by varying the 
same as somtimes on the last sillable, one the last but 
one, or last but two, hitherto without respect to the signi 
fication of sillables or words, the designe here being to 
teach them to read without respect to the understanding 
what they read, being thus exercised in spelling and read 
ing there can be nothing proposed in any language 
if truly written but they will at first sight read the 
same perfectly although they understand not one word 
of what they read,
The primer should be ordered in the same method as is 
required herebefore to instruct the learner in 
placing at the head of evry side all the single vowels 
and under them all the sillables as in this instance 
a e i o u   a e i o u 
ba be bi bo bu. ab.eb.ib.ob.ub
da de di do du,
ka ke ki ko ku. &c 

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Ideas for an universal alphabet by Francis Lodwick, From The Royal Society, CLP/16/4



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