This isn't really about a conlang, it's an alternative orthography but I didn't know where else to ask it. I found an alternative orthography for english called 'EBEO'(Even Better English Orthography) at https://alternatescriptbureau.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/ebeo-a-phonetic-orthography-for-english/. it uses the letters á, à, ā, ȧ, é, è, ē, í, ó, ò, ō. ú, ū, ù, đ, ŋ, ś, ŧ, ŵ & ź in addition to the standard english letters. What language does that look like (ŵat láŋúaj das đát luk lāk?)

Here's the Universal Declaration of Human Rights & the days of the week in EBEO:

Ól hùmen bíŋs ar born frí ánd ikūl in dignití ánd rāts. Đē ar éndàd wiŧ rízen ánd konśens ánd śud ákt tòerds wan enađer in e spirit of brađerhud. (Artikel 1 of đe Ùniversal Déklárēśen of Hùmen Rāts)

dēz av đ wík

  • mandē
  • túzdē
  • winzdē
  • ŧerzdē
  • frādē
  • sáterdē
  • sandē

dē is day

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    What is the question? Commented Mar 10, 2020 at 16:22
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    I don't really think this is on-topic here.
    – curiousdannii
    Commented Mar 10, 2020 at 23:53
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    shrug Looks like a poor attempt to write English. Right from the title we can tell it's a losing proposition devised by yet another windmilltilting "reformer". After all, if it's supposed to be "fenetik", whose phonology is going to be used as the basis of what constitutes phonetic? Too much silliness in that article!
    – elemtilas
    Commented Mar 11, 2020 at 3:06
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    @curiousdannii - I concur that "what does it look like" kinds of questions are off topic (too subjective); but I think the orthography itself, silly as it is, ought probably to be on topic. Our List of Licit and Banned Topics is pretty sparse, after all!
    – elemtilas
    Commented Mar 11, 2020 at 3:10
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    @jastako - I'm sorry, but I think perhaps we're miscommunicating with you, and for that, I at least apologise. To clarify, the content of your query is perfectly fine. Invented writing systems are perfectly on topic here. What is off topic here, and indeed everywhere on stack exchange, is the subjective nature of the query. If you just want general chat, I'd suggest reddit; but the bar is set a little higher here. An easy fix, I think, would be a simple change of approach. In stead of asking what it reminds us of, ask about the aesthetic principles involved, perhaps (cont)
    – elemtilas
    Commented Mar 11, 2020 at 16:44

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Well, it looks like a sample of an English based creole language written down by an amateur linguist or a missionary in a private orthography. It looks like a first attempt on a writing system for a previously unwritten language, it does not look really ripe: Too many diacritics on the vowels, and some confusable diacritics, too, e.g., á, à, ā, ȧ, what do they become in handwriting?

EDIT: Also important: What happens when all diacritics are left out, is this writing system still readable and understandable, or does it fail under such circumstances?

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