Andrey (azangru) wrote,

Dan McIntyre's History of English reproduces a fragment from Owen Price’s English Orthography, and, as an activity, suggests discussing what’s wrong with it:

A good reminder of how immature the metalanguage for treating the language was in those days. The word letter, which is a graphic representation of a sound (well, of a phoneme, but never mind) is used in both senses, leading to the characterization of long vowels (in meet or meat; unless they were pronounced differently in the 17th-century English) as diphthongs.

Meletius Smotritsky does the same in his Slavonic Grammar. Lomonosov is already more nuanced (although he too, following the tradition, talks of diphthongs and triphthongs).

  • (no subject)

    I'm listening to The Ickabog, by J.K. Rowling and read, with much gusto, by Stephen Fry. What started like a nice children's tale not dissimilar from…

  • (no subject)

    From today's questions to the Prime Minister: Mr Speaker, today, millions of Uyghur people in China live in fear under a cruel regime. The BBC,…

  • (no subject)

    There's a strange tendency out there for tech podcasters not to be good programmers themselves. There are exceptions, of course. The googlers at…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic
    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.