The Unifon alphabet is an alternative way of writing English based
on the principle of one letter per phoneme. The name means "one
sound". It was created by John Malone in the 1950s when he was
working for the Bendix Corporation. He was assigned the task of creating
an international phonetic alphabet for use with the airlines. This came
to nothing as the airlines adopted English as their standard language.
Unifon was later found to be useful as a transitory alphabet to help
children to learn to read English. Once they became proficient with Unifon,
they would be introduced to the regular English alphabet and all the
irregular spellings. Unifon could also be used as a pronunciation key
in English dictionaries. Unifon has few supporters and is not widely used.
Sample text in Unifon
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Information about the Unifon alphabet (includes Unifon fonts)
The Unifon Alphabet Reader - Original Stories by Neil Stewart
Alternative spelling/writing systems
Benjamin Franklin's Phonetic Alphabet,
Pitman Initial Teaching Alphabet,