(03) Phonetics How We Talk

No matter how much the French would like languages are not static.  Last chapter we discussed the way languages change.  Here is some more information on it.

The history of language and the TV is found at the Museum of Broadcast Communication.

Not only are we adding words but we are loosing words from the English language. This is an interview with Susan Kelz Sperling the author of Poplollies and Bellibones.

Here are a few more words.

This week we are looking at how we make sounds.  Warning!  You will make silly sounds!  Prepare yourself for reliving your infancy.  Set embarrassment aside and do these experiments out loud.  Yes, out loud. Do it for the sake of education!

It won’t make sense to talk about why SOUNDS change, unless we first understand how they are made.  The study of human voice sounds is called Phonoloby.  Phonology begins with understanding how your mouth and voice make sounds, and what kinds of sounds you can make.

Take a moment, and think about your mouth. Feel behind your teeth, where they are attached, and you feel a bumpy  ridge.  Use the tip of your tongue to feel the roof of your mouth, and your’ll feel a long long ridge in the center,  with two smooth pits on the left and right.  Move your tongue around, and feel how flexible it is.  It can pull way back, and it can stretch way out.  It can stretch way out.  It can flatten itself, or roll up or drop way down. Your muscles can move the tip of the tongue, as well as the very farthest back.

Now put your fingers lightly on the front of your nece, about one inch down from where your head attaches.  Say a sound you can hold for a long time, lie “AHHHHHH…”  Feel the buzzing vigration in your fingertips.  Try other sounds:  SSSSSSS, MMMMMM, OOOOOOO, FFFFFFF.  Which ones make a buzz?

Now go and read pages 21and 22 and the top of 23 beginning with the third paragraph in the Excavating English book.

Now go do those work cards.

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