Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Sing We (Lingua Franca)

“But with carols, particularly, I recall simultaneously relishing the rich language in these little ditties and feeling confused by what I came to understand as inverted syntax.

Poetry, and poetic language, often moves the parts of a sentence into places different from ordinary prose. The rhyme may call for it, or the meter, or the desire to emphasize an image or phrase that might otherwise be lost.”

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Languages do matter!


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