||This PhD study would like to give a supporting function that Type
Design can offer for the correct pronunciation of a language, by
creating a new typographic system - experimental and functional.
Experimentally, it tries to distinguish itself from earlier interesting
functional (yet unconventional) spelling design studies from the 16th
century to the present, and aims to create a "transfer design".
Functionally, an attempt is made to close the gap between experiment
and convention in order to facilitate learning the pronunciation of a
language within well-known conventions.
Being able to pronounce correctly is an important and not to be
underestimated part when learning a language. It increases the ability
to communicate faster and more efficiently and this has many
advantages, such as a better and faster integration.
The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), a valuable tool in teaching
the correct pronunciation of languages, is an important source of
inspiration, together with 'Phonotype' (2019, Walda Verbaenen), in which the Dutch phonemes were visualized as the identity of the
Dutch language. By visualizing the phonemes of different languages
within this research, where letters are familiar and recognizable, a
bridge can be created between the existing International Phonetic
Alphabet and the regular alphabet. This makes type design a
scientifically based tool to research and promotes the correct
pronunciation of phonemes in different languages.
This research is situated within the line of research visual prosody, in
which expression / emotion / pronunciation are displayed and
investigated through type design.