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Re: Comparison of philosophical languages

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 21, 2003, 17:13
Tristan wrote:
>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...
Well, I'm told that most languages has around 5-7 vocalic phonemes. English certainly beats that with a far margin (as does my mothertongue Swedish - my ideolect has 17 contrasting vowels in stressed sylllables, plus at least one diphthong), and that inventory includes quite a few "blurry" vowels camping in the interior of the vowel tetragon.
>>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?
Quite possibly. I don't really know alot about these issues. If anybody knows what is actually known on this I'd be happy to hear. Andreas _________________________________________________________________ MSN 8 helps eliminate e-mail viruses. Get 2 months FREE*