Spoken words losing their identityBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7180.386 (Published 06 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:386
- Povl Riis, retired professor of medicine
At yet another international congress using English as the only language, I experienced two linguistic impediments.
The first is the way that some speakers with English as their mother tongue use their language. Such speakers seem to apply the talking speed and kind of pronunciation that they would use back home in an …