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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

New Rules for Our Alphabet

Ever notice that consonants in the American English language can be primary, secondary, or tertiary?

S is always a primary at the beginning of a sound. Sit. Slow. Space. Strike. Etc.

P can be primary or secondary at the beginning of a sound: Pit. Spit. Splice.

L can be primary, secondary or tertiary: Lose. Slow. Split.

B and G are other examples of consonants that can only be primary.

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Sigh, back to work for now, I guess.

8 Comments:

Blogger Donna Willard said...

What about "sing" or "absorb"? Another interesting thing to look at are those consonant blends that can begin a word, those that appear in the center, and those that can only appear at the end of morphemes. No time tonight, but I can elaborate later...or maybe some will come to mind..

4/27/2005 01:53:00 AM  
Blogger Cody Willard said...

Right, mom. But note that I stated that I'm looking at the "beginning of a sound".

I would like to hear more about consonant blends in the middle and end of a word.

4/27/2005 07:44:00 AM  
Anonymous joeblue3 said...

No offense, but you Willards must be really bored.

4/27/2005 07:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Dean said...

What about when the sound isn't there due to some idiosyncracies within our language? For example, "philosophy" or "Pterodactyl" come to mind. Also, Cody, not to be ADD or anything, but you must be pretty secure in your relationship with your Mom. I'm jealous because I wouldn't dare write "darn" knowing my Mom might see it! I know, I know...deep seated. Peace.

4/27/2005 09:37:00 AM  
Blogger gstring said...

being bored myself...
B and G are only "primary"?

How do you explain "big", "glib", "bilge", "jibe", "pogo", "smudge" and "smegma"?

4/29/2005 10:26:00 AM  
Blogger Cody Willard said...

Note that I'm looking at the "beginning of a sound" not at the ending sound, which are what you're citing in your examples.

4/29/2005 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous TheEditor said...

umm dude, this string explains so much... I love crafting the language, but this is mindnumbing. No disrespect Mrs Willard.

4/29/2005 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Bill McDonald said...

A linquistic page which almost but does not quiet touch on what you are discussing -

http://www.ling.upenn.edu/courses/Summer_2004/ling001/lecture7.html

4/30/2005 02:29:00 AM  

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