Mellifluousness (was: Fluency wish-list)
|From:||DOUGLAS KOLLER <laokou@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, April 22, 2000, 7:46|
From: "Nik Taylor"
> > 1. english. i think it's no need for french to grieve its soaring reign.
> > the essence of a musical language.
> English? Musical? I've always thought my native language to be kind of
"When lilacs last in the dooryard bloomed..."
Doesn't get much better than that in my book -- assonance, alliteration,
(Okay, so I stack the deck with poetry)
As a native speaker, I, too, find it hard to get whipped up over an aluminum
siding brochure or a "Crazy Eddie" commercial, but the loose iambic quality
of everyday speech, the wealth of vowels, and /D/ and /T/ are a delight for
me on a regular basis.
To each his own,