"easy to learn" spelling
RonButters at AOL.COM
RonButters at AOL.COM
Sun Apr 13 17:12:01 UTC 2008
Of course it is not ALWAYS "a bad thing to point out to people that they are
mispronouncing things." (In most cases, however, it would be very rude to
"correct" someone's pronunciation of 'Dawn Hawkins' with respect to /a/-/o/
merger, since one's use of the merged vowel is an unconscious dialect variant and
not a "mispronunciation" at all.)
Of course, the "truespel" guy is not suggesting merely that one might want to
correct someone else's pronunciation of a proper noun. The "truespel" guy
wants to somehow change the evolving phonological systems of vast numbers of
people (as if the educational system does not have enough to do already without
setting out on such a quixotic venture). Again, the only practical way that this
could be accomplished would be to kill (or perhaps just cut out the tongues
of) all those who do not have the same pronunciation as the "truespel" guy. And
even this would not work, because the language continues to change and in a
decade or so, variation would emerge once again.
Maybe the "truespel" guy should think about forbidding speech entirely.
Didn't Gulliver meet some philosophers who just held up rocks instead of saying
And of course it can be a good thing to change one's mind because of someone
else's opinion, assuming that that someone else has some good arguments. But,
again, "changing one's opinion" and changing one's phonological system are not
at all the same thing.
I know that it is a quixotic venture even to respond to this guy, and I
wonder how many times I have sworn not to do so. If being a little crazy entails
doing the same thing over and over again and each time expecting different
results, then I obviously am a little crazy.
In a message dated 4/12/08 10:16:21 PM, truespel at HOTMAIL.COM writes:
> Granted our own voicings of phonemes can change without us knowing it. But
> is it a bad thing to point out to people that they are mispronouncing
> things? For instance saying "My name's not Don Hockins it's Dawn Hawkins." And if
> changing one's mind because of someone else's opinion is a bad thing, why
> should anyone listen to your opinion or anyone else's?
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