Dialectal Paleotype and was developed by Alexander J. Ellis (1814-1890),
a phonetician, philologist and music theorist. Ellis used his invention to
represent the sounds of the dialects of English and undertook a major survey
of (mainly) rural dialects in Britain in the 1880s.
Ellis created a number of other phonetic transcription systems to represent
the sounds of English and considered some of them as suitable replacements
for standard English spelling.
- Dialectal paleotype is based on the Roman alphabet, and the name means "old alphabet".
- The total number of symbols in this system is over 250, some of which are shown below
A selection of Dialectal Paleotype symbols
Sample text in Dialectal Paleotype (Yorkshire dialect)
Standard English version
He was whining away, says she, for all the world like a sick child,
or a little lass in a tizzy.
Information about Alexander J. Ellis and Dialectal Paleotype
Alternative spelling/writing systems
Benjamin Franklin's Phonetic Alphabet,
Pitman Initial Teaching Alphabet,