Volapuk; A Monthly Journal of the World Language ... Volume 1

Volapuk; A Monthly Journal of the World Language ... Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...of our German friends, when they attempt to convince us of the advantages of umlauts are very wonderful, altho' not quite so absurd as the one I read in the Volapttkagased, in which the writer thought it ought to be very easy for any foreigner to pronounce a, o, a, because his little son could pronounce them at 4 years of age. Our German friends are not always at home when they endeavor to instruct us in English orthoepy. Altho'they number many eminent phoneticians, the national ear is proverbially defective in regard to the sounds of foreign languages and even of their own The German who can speak any other language without a very strong accent is a phenomenon. Yet while they treat vine and win as identical (pronouncing both "Wein" ) they gravely tell us how easy it is for us to distinguish a and 6 from e, and u from i a distinction which millions of their countrymen never observe and which in rhyme is ignored. As to a we are told it is easy for us, because we have the same sound in care. Even if this is true, it proves nothing. The sound of a in care is in that case modified, if at all, by the following r; without the following r, few Americans can make any distinction. There is the same difficulty with 6; it is no use to point to wordand bird, and tell us to pronounce the vowel without the following r. We can no more do it than a Saxon can distinguish cap from cab. The sounds ai, oi, ui. proposed for the umlauts are easily pronounced by Spaniards and Italians, who object as strongly to umlauts as do Americans and Englishmen. Even Germans can pronounce them, so that they are already in the sound scale. These diphthongs too, have something like uniform relations with the unmodifiad vowels. But a is not a modified a, but a...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 123693248X
  • 9781236932488