Homophones and Homographs Discussion

Homophone

SAME Pronunciation
DIFFERENT Spellings
DIFFERENT Meanings

here / hear


Homograph

DIFFERENT Pronunciation
SAME Spellings
DIFFERENT Meanings

lead / lead

Homophones are well-meaning attempts to convey meaning through spelling. However every homophone adds spelling overhead and friction for learners. But ultimately homophones are impractical because so many words have multiple meanings. Joe gave his date, a dried date to eat on their most recent date. That date was Oct 4 and now they no longer date. A homophoned version of this might read: Joe gave his daight, a dried date to eat on their most recent dayt. That dait was Oct 4 and now they no longer deyte. This is writing and reading overhead for no gain because context carries far more meaning than spelling. “I bank at the bank on the river bank” is perfectly understandable without resorting to homophones. Since Solar Spell letter patterns mimic spoken English voice patterns, homophones are no more. mī dēr frend fed 3 dēr.

Homographs are the opposite of Homophones. These are words spelled the same but pronounced differently and have different meanings. While homophones convey meaning through spelling, homographs obscure meaning through spelling. “He took a bow before he shot his bow.” They serve no purpose other than to complicate reading. hē tuuk u bow bēfōr hē shot hiz bō.

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