Ideas for an universal alphabet by Francis Lodwick

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                                A, of which is expressed in the word demAnd, as will clearly appeare 
in these two words 
mAnn’d short A 
demAnd long A
Neither is, E, in the word, bEAte, the long, E, of that short E,
in the word bEtt, but a different as by a deliberate sound of them 
both may be discerned but the instances of the long E, to that 
first short E, in the word bEtt, and the short E, of that long 
E, in the word bEAte, I cannot at present produce in any 
knowne Words 
In this enumeration of the vowels I find by him left out 
4 which are in my foregoing enumeration the 7th 11th 12th 
and 13th and expressed in the words tIle, tOUld, dEUx, dUre 
the two last french words, this obmission being grounded on 
that former supposal that they begin with one vowel and end 
with another and so are compounded not single sounds, the 
first of these fower is supposed to begin with the 10th in my 
enumeration as in the word tUnne, and end with the 6th as 
in the word sInne. The 2d is said to begin with the 10th and end 
with the 9th of my enumeration, the two last the said author 
taketh no notice of, but upon a severe tryall of the first two 
by him instanced as compounds, in relation to their supposed 
composition, how quite soever the single vowels conjoind to their 
composition are expressed (if truly expressed) I cannot find that 
they make out the sounds intended, wherefor I cannot re=
solve to change my first design in placing them among the 
single vowels 
As for the sounds he describeth foll:374 to wit HM, HN,
HNG, HL, HR, if he intend them as abbreviations not single 
sounds I have nothing to oppose, but as single sounds they 
are no more such then are BL, BR, &c
The next thing to be considered is the description of those 
enumerated sounds by carracters 
It can be no wayes convenient to use the carracters alreadie in use 
most of them having so various a prolation by different Nations 
wherefore a new set of carracters wil be necessary such an one 
is here proposd and first for the Consonants which you have described 
in the same order with the foregoing Consonants 
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Ideas for an universal alphabet by Francis Lodwick, From The Royal Society, CLP/16/4



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