In my Sci-Fi novel series I am writing, I am changing the spelling of some words to go more with the flow of phonetics. Here is my reasoning: If there is even a remote possibility of there being another planet similar to Earth is terms of supporting life AND those life forms having similar items such as us (cars, buildings, school systems), then it would not be surprising if we speak the same languages as well. And is that not how it always happens anyway?
Somehow across the galaxies all new species already speak English, have learned English,or have a secret translator we never get to meet.
For my world, I am the translator, but they just so happen to spell things differently. To get used to this (for me and anyone reading this), I am including some Linguistic Rules for my spelling and will update more as I add them.
1. All nouns starting with a /k/ sound…(for you non-linguists, this is the ‘c’ in cat)…will be spelled with a ‘k’.
For example: cat = kat —or— cap = kap
2. All /ei/ sounds…(this diphthong makes the ‘ai’ sound in ‘bait’)…will be spelled as ‘ae’ for the singular forms if it is a noun, ‘ays’ if the noun is plural.
For example: Singular: day = dae Plural: day = days
Time is also the same, again, assuming their planet would be similar to ours, they would have the same concept of time in terms of using the number 12. Here is the spelling for my time measurements:
Second: sekend or sod (depends on dialect…yes, I’m adding dialects too muhahahahahaha)
Minute: mennit or just menn
Hour: (H)ower or har
Week: wheek or wikk
Month: munth or mesa
Year: yier or yar
If anyone still reading this has any suggestions, please comment and let me know. Are these feasible for you? Do they make sense if you read them in a sentence?
Thank you for any feedback.
Enjoy. And Reed on.