Fun Fridays – November 15, 2019

This video gives mind-blowing facts about linguistics. In particular, how pronunciation has changed over time.

Thus, if you are writing a historical novel, be careful in assuming the words you use meant the same in your era and that they they were pronounced like they are today.

Made me think of older poetry or song lyrics and some rhyming couplets. No wonder they sometimes don’t rhyme when we say them today!

Fascinating six-minute video.

13 Responses to Fun Fridays – November 15, 2019

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    Barbara DIggs November 15, 2019 at 6:27 am #

    Oh, I loved this!!! As a former ESL teacher with an emphasis on phonology, I found this absolutely fascinating. Thanks, Steve. This was fun, fun, fun!

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    Maco Stewart November 15, 2019 at 7:47 am #

    Fascinating, Steve, thanks.

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    sharonkconnell November 15, 2019 at 7:59 am #

    Really interesting information here, Steve. Thank you.

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    Josephine Johnson November 15, 2019 at 8:24 am #

    Thanks Steve. My first grader is obsessed with exactly how words are pronounced, he enjoyed this with me.

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    Bryan Mitchell November 15, 2019 at 8:44 am #

    Ouch used to be ooch. So interesting how things change. It’s like a blending of various languages causes an evolution of how its pronounced. Just my guess.

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    Linda Riggs Mayfield November 15, 2019 at 9:44 am #

    Wouldn’t you love to know how Americans came to have such a unique “r” sound? As a nation of mostly immigrants and their descendents, it seems that we would have adopted a pronunciation already in common use by one of the most prominent immigrant language groups. But I’m thinking some regional dialects or accents don’t have the hard “r” American pronunciation to the extent others do, such as the stereotypical NYC and NJ accents. Fascinating and very relevant for writers!

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    marilyn pardine November 15, 2019 at 11:21 am #

    This study in elocution is informative and reminds me of Lisa Doolittle and ‘enry iggings.’ Thank you for this fun educational session. Marilyn Pardine

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    Diane Fink November 15, 2019 at 11:39 am #

    So interesting! Thanks

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    Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D November 15, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!

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    mcoutu November 15, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

    Fascinating! Now if I write a character who’s acting in early movies, I’ll have to figure out how to write a “correct” English accent.8-)

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    janetanncollins November 16, 2019 at 7:48 pm #

    As someone who took electives in Linguistics for fun in college, I LOVED this!

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    Andra Loy November 17, 2019 at 9:40 am #

    I love this stuff! Originally my linguist character in Word Fall used a Trans-Atlantic accent as a fun joke for herself. Language is so slippery. Thanks for sharing!

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    Christine Wachter November 18, 2019 at 8:27 am #

    Entertaining and interesting. Thanks!

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