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Re: 'mouth noises' bad? [was: Re: YAPT]

From:Keith Gaughan <kmgaughan@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 5, 2005, 23:10
Tristan McLeay wrote:
> On 5 Jan 2005, at 9.43 am, Gary Shannon wrote: > >>> The velocity of sound change seems to vary from >>> language to language: >>> Italian is still pronounced more or less the same as >>> in the Middle Ages, >>> whereas English has changed dramatically. >>> >> >> As I noted in an earlier post, languages like Italian >> which are confined to a relatively small geographic >> area might have more stable pronunciation. > > > Okay... How about this then... Italy is 301 230 km² in size; whereas > England is 130 395 km². So Italy's about twice as big. If it counts as > a relatively small geographic area, than England's gotta be *tiny*. Yet > the variation of pronunciation in England is *huge*---and be ye glad I > didn't take the whole UK.
The difference is that Italian is a literary language turned into a vernacular, whereas English ain't. K. -- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Anti-Virus. Version: 7.0.300 / Virus Database: 265.6.8 - Release Date: 03/01/2005