Let’s Talk Sj

The Swedish phoneme that is notorious for having its own dedicated IPA symbol, /ɧ/, that is — the so-called sje-sound. What is up with that, anyway? Historically, this phoneme arises as the palatalized equivalent of regular old /s/, as is probably suggested …

Detroit turns around after decades of decline

What’s happening: The mayor’s office, nonprofits and Detroit’s Fortune 500 companies are coming together to turn the city around. Detroit is changing so fast that its transformation over the last decade was visible from outer space. In the last 10 years, Det…

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