I usually write while the kids are napping. Today they nap together, which is unusual. So, not only do I get to write a little, but I get to read, which is where I found this little gem. It’s very interesting and speaks for itself. I also read this post from Pam, which renewed my interest in language and history. Granted, her forte is written English and mine is spoken, but it’s all pretty fascinating. Someday I would like to (assuming I do go back to work in speech) look into teaching accent reduction. I worked with a group of ESL learners (English as a Second Language) when I was in Grad school and it was one of the most interesting and rewarding experiences that I had. I love working with the little kids and the multiply handicapped, but they don’t always remember or appreciate the stuff they are learning like these adults did.
Ooh- I lost my train of thought. I wanted to forward anyone interested in language history to this book. It’s a fun read. I’ll have to go check out some more of this on Monday at the library. Thanks, Pam, for making me think and appreciate again the little nuances of our language. Yay, English majors!