How to launch new ideas - conclusion VIII Letter Dynamics - 2

Measuring the ‘Weight of Words’ and an Introduction to Granularity

si G n => G stands in for nearest vowel : ending is quite heavy and strong so
it is an n
beginning is quite strong as s is a strong sound in English.
So it needs quite a 'heavy' vowel in the middle, for balance
between the strong start and strong finish; and indeed it is a - with a 'value' of '7
kilos' which it wants….

I am not putting this forward as a scientific theory, and it’s just a possible way to
assist our ideas… but think of vowels, for fun, as weighing different amounts of kilos,
e.g.

i - 2 kilos
e - 4 kilos
o - 6 kilos
a - 7 kilos
u - 8 kilos
bo A t => the A does not sound as a because English words of Anglo-Saxon or
Germanic origin do not get pronounced in segments like Georgian ones do.
(French-Latin ones sometimes are…) So the word boat is telling us that the o is not
pronounced according to its 'home' pronunciation - as in Scotland or bottle - but in
some other way. The opening sound b is of middle weight in English and so is the t
at the end. So the o mixes down with the nearest vowel of medium weight, which is
the e. Meanwhile the t - which is a strong or heavy consonant - is looking for a
strong vowel, a heavier one, maybe the u. So they cannot agree, and so agree on
three possibilities:

(a) to have no sound at all. But the o in the end has more power, because there is
SOMETHING after it preventing it using its' home' pronunciation.

So one way to pronounce boat is to say boe and then add the t with no further
'vowel space' in the word

(b) the second possibility is to let the t win, and make the pronunciation more like
bo-ou-t. This is a possibility if the word is stressed in conversation and so gets longer
and so needs more 'vowel space'.

Vowel space has to be there constantly to slightly change the music of the word
enough to maintain the listener's interest and to make the listener aware that it is
there, and that something is happening to the word in the interests of what it is trying
to express.

Imagine you were the word!

The word has a difficult task to carry out. It must remain recognizably the same
word as if it were pronounced more quickly, but it must change just enough to allow
the speaker to stress it and give it some new significance in his speaking.

For example, someone may ask - speaking quite quickly - 'What time is the boat?'

Or someone might say (with stress on the word boat and more slowly and
expressively ) - 'It was terrible : I was nine hours on the boat!'

The first pronunciation - the quick one - would be boet

The second might well be bo-ou-t

So boat is a wsp - 'a word of slighly unfixed pronunciation...! Sign is not!

Granularity, meanwhile, is a new tool for getting to grips with English words,
presented here. The music I think is particularly nice! …Calm study like this is great!