Vowel Distinction in (Original) Gregg

I thrilled at a brief remark by psetus back in the “Simplified vs. Diamond Jubilee?” thread, that original Gregg provides notation for vowel sound distinction.

Could any gurus grace us newer-system students with a description of that system, detailed enough for real use? Perhaps a jpeg, even? Be assured this would improve my quality of life significantly!

Incidentally, for any other techies in the group, I think that such a system would move Gregg into candidacy for OCR input on tablet PCs and PDAs (given the initial hurdle of cursively written character sets generally): if vowel signs aren’t ambiguous, translation from Gregg outlines to text should operate on the same principle as voice recognition; and that hurdle is being cleared as I write.

For an interesting run at this problem from a slightly different angle, google IBM’s SHARK/ATOMIK experiment. At least one of the researcher’s papers explicitly compares their system to Pitman and Gregg.

(by routine-sibling for everyone)

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  1. Glad I posted something that actually helped someone : ) For all the info on vowel markings, you can go to Andrew's http://www.gregg.angelfishy.net/ site. It's 98% swell (missing essays on expressionistic dance and chedder cheeze and all its implications on a "modern" society) and has a copy of the Ann manual up that you can browse through on the right hand side. In Unit 1 – Paragraph 7, U7 – P65, and U10 – P91 are the vowel groupings for AEOU ("I" isn't concidered a vowel in shorthand, it's used as a two syllibal retracted gutteral, fricative extra low click with a downstep and a linking syllibal break betwixed) Keep in mind that when actually writing Gregg (as opposed to painting your toenails or pretending to write Gregg) you won't often use these. They're there and available, but use them in moderation and preferably only when they'll clear up an ambiguity (for ambiguities that just won't clear, I've heard simple extra strength Oxy pads will clear them up…and they work for heteros too : ) Proper nouns seem to be a common place to use them for me…I also often make a long E marking (mit, met I'll write MET without a mark, but meet is MET with a long E) and I used to write words like "raw" as RO with a mid O vowel marker…but neither (especially the latter) not so often anymore.   Anyways, hope that's a help. It even has the requested pics!! ./[tyler]

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