Universal Literacy Alphabet (ULA) for Foreign Language Learning, and against Poverty, and Spread of AIDS(HIV), of Tuberculosis, of Malaria, and against Population Crisis

September 22nd, 2010

Yoshinori Hayakawa


Department of Clinical Engineering,


Toin University of Yokohama

Yokohama, 225-8502, JAPAN

Number of Visitors Since March 15, 2005

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    ABSTRACT

    Universal Literacy Alphabet (ULA) was developed from International Phonetic Alphabet (http://www2.arts.gla.ac.uk./IPA/ipachart.html) by rationalizing the letter forms by the hints of Korean Alphabet "Hangul" and Japanese writing system "Kana". Universal Literacy Alphabet (ULA) can be used as a new International Phonetic Alphabet although the my proposal and manuscript was rejected in 1991 by the chief editor of International Phonetic Association {I thought at that time that as every learned man in the world will learn foreign language and will learn new International Phonetic Alphabet(=Universal Literacy Alphabet)., and then will be spread to illiterate people. The reason of rejection was that International Phonetic Alphabet has long history, and it should not be changed radically}. Korean Alphabet was created by scolers for literacy of common people in 1443 by the order of Great King Sejong. It was developed by the knowledge of phonetics at that time and is recognized as the most rational writing system in the world(1). Japanese writing system "Kana", on the other hand, is a complicated writing system and, to rationalize to some extents, has developed "Dakuten" which is added to voiceless consonant letters to create voiced consonant letters (2). The "Dakuten" made "Kana" simpler. Universal Literacy Alphabet was developed the idea of Korean Alphabet to create vowel letters by joining basic vowel letters. Universal Literacy Alphabet, in one word, is created to simplify learning letters by making the letter forms corresponding to pronunciation method by few simple rules. It simplifies the letter forms of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)(3), which is notorious for its complicated letter forms, although IPA is claimed to approximately scribe every language world wide. Universal Literacy Alphabet, together with Computer Numerals for Numeracy, dramatically shortens the time required to learn basic education. They, therefore, make people free from ignorance and poverty (because of lack of basic education), and resultantly prevent people from AIDS(HIV), tuberculosis, and malaria(4-6). It will also useful to prevent population crisis. Universal Literacy Alphabet will be used as new rationalized International Phonetic Alphabet to learn pronunciation of foreign languages and show foreign people the names of stations (Japanese, Latin, Chinese, and Korean scripts are used in Japan, to show people important messages as names of the stations). It can be used to protect nearly vanishing languages by offering it writing system. Development of sciences is forcing scientists to learn increased amount of knowledge. So it will become increasingly important to learn basic education (literacy and numeracy) as efficiently as possible so they can initiate to learn leading edge sciences as soon as possible (especially in mathematics, computer sciences and theoretical physics). Key Words: Literacy, International Phonetic Alphabet, Linguistics, Basic Education, [Acknowledgements] The author is indebted to Dr. Hong Lim Lee (professor of Yonsei University at present) for his first teaching him Korean Alphabet and Korean Language in 1970 during his stay in Tokyo. He is also thankful to Dr. Joo Hakutaro (professor of Tsukuba University at present) for his teaching him phonetics in 1994.

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    (3)A guide to the International PhoneticAlphabet, International Phonetic Association, Cambridge University Press,1999.

    (4)Universal Alphabet for Literacy Against AIDS and Population Crisis, Yoshinori Hayakawa, Abstract of the 12th World Congress of Sexology, pp.54, Yokohama, 12-16 August, 1995.

    (5)Abacus Numerals for Literacy Against AIDS and Population Crisis, Yoshinori Hayakawa, Abstract of the 12th World Congress of Sexology, pp.53, Yokohama, 12-16 August, 1995.

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