Monday, October 17, 2016

Post III: Just When You Thought Phonics Couldn't Be Any More Enjoyable

Funny thing about writing is that we writers take great joy in crafting amazing work.  We usually focus our efforts in the crafting of the plot and the characters, less of our strengths in the shaping of sentences, and even less of our focus in the letters and sounds.

“Do I dare 
Disturb the universe? 
In a minute there is time 
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.” 
― T.S. Eliot

I remember hearing a story about T.S. Eliot.  He said something about how he wrote all day.  His friend asked him how much he wrote, and Eliot responded he wrote 5 words.  "They are good words," he said, or something like that as I remember how the story went.

We focus so much on the overall story, and so little of our attention is on the sound of the individual words.

I have written about bilabials and nasals in brief.  Here is one more marvelous pair.

Glottals--H and G.  These are two great letters, showing two cool aspects of phonetic sounds.
1) this sound is made in the back of the throat near the larynx
2) most pairings of sounds demonstrate a "voiced" and "unvoiced" version of the sound.  H and G demonstrate this well.  H is aspirated air, and G requires the "voiced" sound.

And since I'm on a T.S.Eliot trip this post, here are two more cool T.S. Eliot quotes to end:

“An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. ” 

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