Ideas for an universal alphabet by Francis Lodwick

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                                4) In the Essay towards a Real carracter and filosoficall 
language foll:372
The sounds which I have exprest here before in the 
words John CHest are said to be compounded sounds the 
reason thereof given is because they 
are said in the prolation of them to begin with 
one letter and end with another Accordingly 
The first of the two abovementioned to wit, J, is said 
to begin with, d, and end with zh, or that sound which 
the french intend by, J, in the word, Jean,
and CH, is said to begin with t, and end with sh, as we pro 
nounce it in the word shall. Whereas in my forego=
ing collection J, is the primitive or first of the 2d set and 
CH, the 2d of that set, and ZH, and SH, are the 4th and 5th 
of the said set.
But to Examin whether according to that Worthy Authors 
supposall these two in their prolation begin with one letter 
and end with another according to his instances. Consider the sound of d sillabically 
with e, before it as ed, then zh, with e, following as 
zhe, Join these two together in one sillable by cutting of the 
first vowel e, thus dzhe then consider whether (expressing 
this sillable so as both the d, and zh, may be discerned 
in the prolation the first beginning the latter ending it J say)
whether this prolation make out the true sound of, J, as we 
pronounce it in the name, John, if it doe not as I believe it 
will not be found to doe, and that no other conjunction can 
be found that will truly express it, it must be concluded to 
be a single sound 
If the like tryal be made of CH, the other supposed com 
pound Q question not but it will be found to be no other but a 
single sound.
In the distinction of short and long vowels by the said 
worthy Author foll: 365 he noteth the short A in the 
word bAtt, and the long vowel of the same in the word bAte.
it is true that this 2d as expressed in the word bAte is long 
but not the long A, of the first short A, in bAtt. the Long 
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Ideas for an universal alphabet by Francis Lodwick, From The Royal Society, CLP/16/4



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