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By Laurie Bauer, Peter Trudgill

A special number of unique essays via 21 of the world's best linguists. the subjects mentioned concentrate on the most well known myths approximately language: The Media Are Ruining English; little ones cannot communicate or Write adequately Anymore; the United States is Ruining the English Language. The tone is full of life and enjoyable all through and there are cartoons from Doonesbury andThe Wizard of identity to demonstrate many of the issues. The publication must have a large readership not just among scholars who are looking to learn major linguists writing approximately renowned misconceptions but in addition among the big variety of those who get pleasure from interpreting approximately language ordinarily.

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The words fight, cry, shop, axe, coin, caught each contain two consonants and one vowel. If you want to talk aboutletters then say 'vowel letter' and' consonant letter'. Unusual re-spellings or mistakes are marked with an asterisk: *, *. 32 English Spelling is KattastrofJik How the alphabet copes The myth that there are 'five vowels' in English refers to the vowel letters of the roman alphabet. Depending on your accent, you will find about twenty vowels in English.

But all languages have these ways. This is a theme which will be taken up below in other chapters, especially, Myth 10: Some Languages Have No Grammar and Myth 4: French is a Logical Language. Essentially, languages may differ as to the way various aspects of structure are handled, but they are all capable of expressing the same range of structural meanings. Not all languages have the same vocabulary though. It is true that some languages have developed vocabularies to deal with topics which are just not discussed in some other languages.

Yo u find lal equally in organ, political, president, but the spelling is prompted by the stressed vowels of organic, politics, presidential. The spelling of the basic units is constant. Clever stuff Wo rds borrowed from French have sometimes been altered by anxious academics looking beyond the French spelling to the distant Latin original. The words debt, doubt, were medieval borrowings of French dette 'debt', doute 'doubt' without a . The 'silent' was inserted in the sixteenth century to resemble the original Latin debitum, dubitare, and to draw attention to the shared meaning of related English words derived from the same roots, such as debit, dubitative.

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