Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fly birdie, fly.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Every sight and every sound / love is in the air

Another lovely list of things that are making me happy right now.

1. That feeling you get when you've accomplished something, finished a project.

2. Having a nice winter with lots of visitors lined up.

3. That it's getting colder. Bear with me - mostly because it means fewer spiders in the house!

4. Mikemikemike. Had to be added.

5. Getting trusted with new things at work. Oh - and realising that your work IS valued.

6. My slippers. And central heating that actually works. Y'kno, since it's getting colder n'all.

7. Lovely letters from lovely friends.

8. Making, creating, crafting.

9. Driving. Scary as hell but almost fun.

10. Nutty apple crumble with custard. Mmm.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Fy is approximately high front

You might know that I'm teaching Mike Swedish. Ok, ok, he's learning Swedish and I'm trying to take credit for it. That's besides the point.

One of the first words he picked up was 'fy' (The People's Dictionary translates it to 'ugh' which is an odd choice - I'd go for 'shame on you'. Depending on context, obviously.). Only he reckons I put an alveolar lateral approximant in there. Whassat? An /l/ sound.

My thoughts exactly: I most certainly do not!

So what's the reason for this? Is it me slurring sounds together and producing a holy mess of highfrontlateralness? Or is it Mike's ears making stuff up? I think it's a bit of both.

My articulation of the high front vowel (/i/ or /y/) is really quite close in Swedish. And I can see how it can be heard as an approximant. Though perhaps something more front than /l/ - labio-palatal perhaps. (Please note that when I suggested this to Mike he laughed. Hmph.)

And I've still not forgiven the person who suggested to Mike that this makes me sound posh. I'll never hear the end of it.