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The amusing homophony of English 

Amusing to tears In English, due to its twisted spelling, it is not always possible to exactly identify the word pronounced. What is meant by [raɪt]—right, rite, wright, write? Pronounced similarly and written differently, these words are called homophones. Lots of jokes are based on homophony. For instance, May 4 is celebrated as the so-called Star Wars Day because the […]

On click consonants and how to write them

Every language has its specific features, but some of them are quite a challenge for translators. Among the vast diversity of sounds used by humans to construct words, the so-called click consonants, or clicks, which occur in the Khoisan languages, stand out rather distinctly. They are spoken by the people who live in Southern Africa near the Kalahari Desert. The best-known […]