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DeseretBook of Mormon

DeseretBook of Mormon

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\u00fa \u00ed\u00bf\u00ca \u00e4\u00c8 \u00a8\u220f\u00d2\u00db\u00f8\u00d9
\u00fa \u00ee\u00e6\u00ca\u0178\u00d2\u00f8\u00d9 \u00e0\u00d9\ufb01 \u00f3\u00f8\u00c8\u00f8\u00d9\u00f8\u00d9\u0178\u00cf
\u00e4\u00c8 \u00fa \u00ef\u00f8\u00d2\ufb02 \u00e4\u00c8 \u00f1\u00a5\u00cc\u00f8\u00cf \u00f3\u00d2\u00a1\u00cf\u0178 \u00e4\u00c8 \u00b4\u2126\u0178\u00f8\u00d2-\u00ee\u2202 \u00f9\u2202\u00d9\u0178\u00cf
\u00fa \u00eb\u00f8\u00d2\u00da \u00e4\u00c8 \u00f2\u00d2\u2202\u0178 \u00eb\u00d2\u00a1\u00cf
\u00f3\u222b\u0153\u00f8\u00d2\u0178\u00a5\u00d9\u03c0, \u00f3\u2126\u00da\u00aa\u00cb\u03c0\u00d2\u00d9\u00d5\u00f8, \u00f1\u222b\u00da\u00a1 1997
Key to the Deseret Alphabet

The Deseret Alphabet is a phonetic alphabet for the writing of English introduced under the auspices of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) during the 19th century. Despite heavy support from
Brigham Young, the Alphabet never caught on and hasn't had any significant use since 1869 and the
publication of a Deseret Alphabet-edition of the Book of Mormon.

The Alphabet consists of 38 letters. Each letter has an upper- and lower-case form which look identical
except for size. The letters, their names, and sounds are as follows:
\u00c4
LONG I (i as in machine)
\u00ee
DEE (d as in Deseret)
\u00c5
LONG E (e as in grey)
\u00ef
CHEE (ch as in cheese)
\u00c7
LONG A (a as in art)
\u00f1
JEE (j as in John)
\u00c9
LONG AH (au as in aught)
\u00f3
KAY (k as in kitten)
\u00d1
LONG O (o as in tone)
\u00f2
GAY (g as in good)
\u00d6
LONG OO (oo as in moo)
\u00f4
EF (f as in France)
\u00dc
SHORT I (i as in it)
\u00f6
VEE (v as in voice)
\u00e1
SHORT E (e as in desert)
\u00f5
ETH (unvoiced th as in think)
\u00e0
SHORT A (a as in cat)
\u00fa
THEE (voiced th as in they)
\u00e2
SHORT AH (o as in cot)
\u00f9
ES (s as in said)
\u00e4
SHORT O (o as in woman)
\u00fb
ZEE (z as in zebra)
\u00e3
SHORT OO (oo as in book)
\u00fc
ESH (sh as in shoot)
\u00e5
AY (the sound of the pronoun I)
\u00a2
ZHEE (as in measure)
\u00e7
OW (ow as in cow)
\u00df
ER (r as in ride)
\u00e9
WU (w as in wonder)
\u00b4
EL (l as in letter)
\u00e8
YEE (y as in you)
\u00a8
EM (m as in Macintosh)
\u00ea
H (h as in hurrah)
\u00c6
EN (n as in nice)
\u00eb
PEE (p as in put)
\u00d8
ENG (ng as in sing)
\u00ed
BEE (b as in bee)
\u00ec
TEE (t as in teach)

My experience has been that the \u201cofficial\u201d name and pronunciation guides published by the LDS Church a hundred years ago were rather confusing; I've taken the liberty of respelling the letter names to make them more intelligible.

The alphabet wasn't in general use long enough to produce a stable set of spellings; and, being a phonetic
alphabet, it tended to be spelled in a rather ideosyncratic fashion anyway. The one spelling convention of
which one should be aware is that when a word has the same sound as a letter's name, that letter can be used
by itself for the whole word. Thus, the word \u201cbe\u201d is written \u00ed, and not \u00ed\u00c4.

More information on the Deseret Alphabet can be found on the World Wide Web at the following URL's:
http://www.wp.com/BrionZion/homealph.htm
http://eddy.media.utah.edu/medsol/UCME/d/DESERETALPHA.html
http://www.blueneptune.com/~tseng/Deseret/Deseret.html
http://www.kdcol.com/~val/docs/DeseretAlphabet.html
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