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Re: Comparison of philosophical languages

From:Tristan <kesuari@...>
Date:Monday, January 20, 2003, 22:18
Andreas Johansson wrote:

> I'll happily agree that English orthography is pretty complex and not > terribly regular, and that the English vowel system is somewhat, er, > sophisticated,
Why? It's not a regular system of alternation, but it seems to be to be a fairly normal system with a few more distinctions...
> but orthography is surely pretty peripheral, and every > language has a "sophisticated" bit or two. What makes you think that > English, as a whole, is "exceptionally difficult"? I've never heard of > data > suggesting that anglophone children has later speech development on > average > that children learning other languages, f'rinstance.
I've heard that /T/ and /D/ aren't mastered till about four or five, and they're the only sounds I can remember actually learning (not counting particular words; I used to say hopsital for hospital). Maybe that counts as difficult? Tristan. - Yahoo! Movies - What's on at your local cinema?