Temecula office link to worldwide Bible translator group
Last updated 10/20/2006 at Noon
Try a little experiment: Put your open palm in front of your mouth and say the word “top.” Now do the same and say the word “stop.” Feel the difference between the puffs of air you feel on your palm even though each word contains “top?”
This is only one of what linguists call “bilabial stops” in the English language. Now consider that the world has approximately 6,912 languages, not counting dialects. Factor in the languages that contain clicks and even whistles, not to mention complications like the Tzeltal language of Mexico, which has 26 ways to say the word “carry.”...