I hope this doesn’t reoccur… (get it)

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Name: 8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today
Date: 11/3/14
Author: David Shariatmadari

Key Ideas:

  • Rebracketing, metathesis, syncope, epenthesis, velarisation, affrication, folk etymology and spelling pronunciation are the 8 different pronunciation errors.
  • Mispronunciation is common among all people.
  • There are many debates on whether or not certain words are pronounced different ways, and this changes the English language because people agree on different things
Language Features: Phonology, phonetics (pronunciation), etymology, jargon, spelling
Course Aspects: Unit 3 - AoS 2: Formal Language - Phonological patterning, (morphological patterning?)

Personal Opinion: I mispronounce words all the time, and don’t really care if someone mispronounces a word or my name, but I always strive to say the word correctly for fear of being ridiculed for not knowing how to say the word. I think that people shouldn’t ridicule you and just correct you to help you learn.

  • “English spelling can be a pain. That is mainly because our language underwent some seismic sound changes after the written forms “
  • “The point is malapropisms and mispronunciations are fairly common.”
  • “Error is the engine of change, and today’s mistake could be tomorrow’s vigorously defended norm.” (good one)
  • English spelling can be a pain, but it’s also a repository of information about the history of pronunciation.

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