Saturday, 18 April 2020


From 'Sounds Appealing' by David Crystal, Profile Books, 2018. One of my Oxfam Bookshop purchases.

It all begins with a 12th century Icelandic scholar, 'consonants can neither be named nor produced without a vowel.' There are words that are all vowel. There are no words purely of consonants. Vowels have a primeval status 'the breath that gives existence to words. In the beginning was the vowel.'

We singers know these things.