April 24, 2008
by Graham


I don’t often disagree with John Wells, but I have to make an exception in the case of his blog entry for yesterday (St George’s Day 2008 – 23 April). He says: “In the respelling systems I designed first for … Continue reading

April 17, 2008
by Graham

Linguistic Rhythm

Traditionally, since the days of Arthur Lloyd James and Kenneth Lee Pike, languages have been divided into two broad types: syllable-timed and stress-timed. French was considered the archetypal syllable-timed language (Lloyd James called this ‘machine gun rhythm’), in which each … Continue reading

April 10, 2008
by Graham

Afghanistan again

Angshu, in a comment on my ‘Afghanistan’ post, has been critical of my reasoning for recommending the English pronunciation of Afghanistan even to Mishal Husain, who uses a variant that may or may not be an Afghan (whether Dari or … Continue reading