Americans, he declared, should first throw off the unphonetic
shackles of the past.
The more unphonetic
a language is in its modern spelling, the more likely it is that it developed in involved ways, often from multiple prototypes whose pronunciation and orthographic conventions clashed with one another.
much enthusiasm was aroused at the definite phonetic teaching given, and the ingenious method of dealing with hitherto unphonetic
For him, the ideographic, unphonetic
Chinese script was a blueprint for the great Enlightenment project of a "universal" language that communicates ideas "directly," like algebraic signs.