Tag Archives: vowels

The geography of language – mountain

Moving right along with the theme, I have chosen mountain to symbolise Chinese – in this instance specifically Mandarin Chinese. The tonal structure of Chinese can quite easily resemble the ups and downs of your average Himalayan (or other) mountain range. … Continue reading

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The geography of language – desert

After more than three months of the Project, I think it is a good time to start looking at the individual languages in some more depth. Obviously it won’t be too much depth. Three months of erratic progress doesn’t qualify … Continue reading

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The Hills are alive

One of the under-valued pleasures of the English language is the huge number of people who speak it badly. Take a walk through the centre of most English-speaking cities and you will hear a range of variants from “newsreader English” … Continue reading

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