this is not a take it is an empirical fact
the prototypical perfect english phrase is like, “cellar door”, which is notable solely in terms of how boring as fuck it is to say
there’s nothing unusual or interesting or exciting or fun about “cellar door” english just loves monotony
@jellyfish_link I mean—That was just JRR Tolkien's opinion of what sounded nice. I think he just likes approximants, tbh.
@benhamill for clearer comparison, in chinese (which has tones and other things which are harder for me to describe than tones) if you want to be emphatic or playful about something what you do is “lean in” to the tones (and other features), really emphasize them and draw them out
and this is super fun to do
english doesn’t have many things you can “lean in” to like that. instead we add in *additional* (external) features (i.e., accents) when we want to be emphatic or playful
@jellyfish_link Huh neat. I get you. This is an interesting difference! Language is rad.
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