Ask Your Question

Revision history [back]

The broad phonological characteristics of languages

Hi there,

I have a feeling that there is term for the characteristic prosody and phonology of a language - that which makes Hebrew 'Hebrew-y" or French "French-y". Capturing this would enable you to produce a concatenation of syllables with an intonation pattern such that it sounds very much like French but is meaningless.

This film represents an example with English

My recollection is that it's something like "global language environment" or "linguistic habitat" but I could be completely wrong.

Can anyone suggest any contenders?

Very many thanks