On the Subject of Feature Cryptography
/ju/ /θɔt/ /fəʊnɛtɪk/ /spɛlɪŋ/ /wɒz/ /səpəʊzd/ /tu/ /bi/ /izɪə/ /tu/ /rid/? /ju/ /θɔt/ /rɒŋ/.
Displayed on the screen is an excerpt from the text on the following pages. The excerpt may begin and/or end mid-sentence and cross between paragraphs. The excerpt is written in featural phonetic glyphs.Each glyph consists of three features that combine to form a complete description of the sound the glyph represents.
- The top half of the glyph denotes the place of articulation.
- The bottom half of the glyph denotes the manner of articalution.
- The curved arcs at the centre of the glyph denote the voicing;
voiced if present, voiceless if absent.
- The top half of the glyph denotes the backness.
- The bottom half of the glyph denotes the height.
- The curved arcs at the centre of the glyph denote the length;
long if present, short if absent.
Vowels and consonants have no features in common. Note that the mapping from glyph halves to place, manner, backness, length, etc. is random for each module instance.
One of the words in the text is missing from the excerpt. Use the rotors to select features and press the [+] button to combine the features into a glyph and append it to the entry.
Pressing the [-] button removes the last glyph from the entry.
The missing word consists of 3 to 8 phonemes, once the entry consists of 3 or more glyphs, the submit button can be pressed.
If the submitted entry matches the phonetic spelling of the missing word, the module will solve.