The April 1998American
Psychological Association's Monitor Online has some interesting articles about
American Sign Language and its implications for our understanding of how children acquire
Animal Sounds illustrates how variable the words that supposedly
imitate animal sounds really are.
Phonetics: The Sounds
of Spoken Language lets you see and hear how the sounds of English,
Spanish, and German are pronounced.
& Consonants lets you hear some sounds English does not use. You can
also view an x-ray that lets you see how a "click" is produced.
Parts of Speech
"Jabberwocky" appeared in Lewis Carroll's book Though the Looking Glass,
a sequel to Alice in Wonderland. It may be the most famous English-
language example of literary use of nonsense words. Read the poem
and decide what part of
speech each of the nonsense words fits. (In chapter
VI of Through the Looking Glass, Humpty Dumpty explains the first
stanza and says some rather interesting things about words.)
Spelling & the
Scripts of the World" gives information about a variety of
interesting topics, including the origins of our alphabet.