Something New Every Day – Interrupting a vowel
Today I started a new course from The Great Courses–the History of the English Language. Hooray for a writing-related course!! Words, oh how I’ve missed thee. So today a very brief lesson in the difference between a vowel and a consonant. Seems so obvious when communicated like this…
- A vowel is a sound that can be performed forever. It operates on intertia. We sing in vowels.
- A consonant is a sound which interrupts a vowel–starting, breaking or stopping it.
Words, therefore, are formed by the combination of vowels on either side of the interruption.
The History of the English Language is a university level course courtesy of TheGreatCourses.com and is available as a podcast, CD or DVD