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Can I buy a vowel, habibi?

Can you read the following sentence? Ds ths mk sns? Hint: Add some vowels Does this make sense? Where did the vowels go? For speakers of other languages a lack of vowels may be normal. I am talking about you, Arabic … Continue readi...
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Specific of Tatar vowel rotation

Academics / Linguistics : (5 years ago)

The phenomenon of vowel rotation in Volga Tatar – the reduction of original high vowels and the raising of original mid vowels to fill their place – is evident to anyone who knows any other Turkic language. In fact, especially troub... Read Post

/?/, Arabic's fourth long vowel

Academics / Linguistics : Jabal al-Lughat (3 years ago)

(Warning: This post assumes some knowledge of Arabic, although you should be able to follow the argument even without it.) Everyone knows that Classical Arabic has three short vowels (a, i, u) and three long (?, ?, ?). But is this t... Read Post

An Obituary for the Letter E

Entertainment : The Underwire (last year)

The letter E, the influential vowel and one of the most frequently used letters in the English language, died yesterday. The vowel was 2,800 years old. Read Post

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