Alternative PCUE Styles


(AL-DUR) Duration: Another distinction available to letters that have a spectrum of alternate sounds is the difference in length of time, or duration, that each alternate sound lasts. In this case we could ‘stretch’ the width of characters to emphasize their longer or shorter durations.

In cake the ‘a’ sound is it LN and therefore LN cued. In ‘had’ the ‘a’ sound is the shorter ‘ae’ sound and is therefore cued by its slim width. In ‘walk’ the ‘a’ sound’s duration is longer and is therefore cued by its stretched width.

A related alternative is to use duration for spectrum cues and elevation for discrete cues:

(AL-PM) PhoniMorphs: Another method would be to combine stretch or shrinkage for duration with a directional skew representative of higher or lower pitch:

It is also possible to integrate one or more of the sound pitch based cues into a common system. In this case the rotation (or duration or Phonimorphed) cues would only be used for the not most common non-letter name sounds and elevation would be used for the not most common discreet sounds. This actually uses less cues to provide more distinction.

In the above example, the ‘y’ in ‘Herby’ is making an ‘e‘ sound, the most common non LN sound for a ‘y’ therefore it is left plain (it will most probably be rendered as a silent sound with the b rendered as the LN ‘b‘). In ‘gym’ the ‘y’ is making and ‘eh’ sound which is lower in tone than the LN ‘y‘ and is therefore lowered. The ‘y’ in ‘nearby’ is making an ‘i‘ sound which is higher in tone than the LN ‘y‘ and is therefore elevated. In the case of the ‘o’ in ‘on’ it is making the most common non LN ‘o’ sound and is therefore left plain. The ‘o’ in ‘to’ is making the ‘ooh’ which is higher in tone than the LN ‘O’ and is therefore rotated right.

(AL-AMP) Amplitude: Another dimension of distinction in heard or virtually heard language is the spectrum of amplitude (loudness to relative softness). This is the varying ‘loudness’ that is ‘heard’ in the unfolding stream of sound we hear as words.  The ideal form-analogous cue for this discernable variation in amplitude is SIZE. (LN)s are almost always ‘loud’ (why we favor the (LN) cue distinction be larger and bolder).

(AL-OUT) Outlined: As an alternative to rotation, elevation or widened or phonimorphic cues, we could use outline letters and partially fill the outline to suggest the pitch, slice, or duration difference. This can be done using left to right or up and down for tone scale or duration. (shown extra large for viewing on a low resolution display):

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