National Speak in Complete Sentences Day, celebrated on May 31, is a day on which we’re all expected to speak in full sentences. In grammar usage, a sentence is a linguistic expression. Traditionally speaking, it is typically defined as a string of words expressing a complete thought, or a unit that comprises a subject and a predicate. In functional linguistics, sentences are defined as units of written texts that are delimited by graphological features such as upper case letters, and sentence markers such as periods, question marks, and exclamation marks, among others. This is in contrast with a curve, which on its own is delimited by phonological features such as pitch, and markers such as pauses as well as with a clause, which is a sequence of words that represents a process continuing throughout time.
History of National Speak in Complete Sentences Day
Spoken language makes use of a variety of articulations that are available within the human vocal and auditory resources. Every spoken language uses a different range, and this difference is what is partially the cause of the difficulty of learning to speak a foreign language and speaking a foreign language with a strange accent. However, ordinary repertoires of sounds are not the only factors involved in language. There are fewer general classes of sounds with distinctive differences in any language than those that are actually phonetically different.
The English ‘t’ sounds at the beginning and end of the word ‘tot’ as well as in the two places in the word ‘stouter’ are different, although the differences are not easily noticed by English speakers, and the same letter is used for them all. Similar statements are true of most or all of the other consonant and vowel sounds in English. In the English language and most other European languages, differences in pitch do not distinguish one word from another but form part of the intonation contributing to the structure and structural meaning of spoken sentences.
All the considerations pertaining to the use of speech sounds in specific languages usually fall under the general subject of phonology, which may be defined as a language’s sound system. Phonology is often regarded as a component of language structure. Another component of language structure is grammar. There is more to language beyond just sounds, and words can’t be regarded as ordinary sequences of syllables.
National Speak in Complete Sentences Day timeline
The earliest-known English inscriptions are discovered.
The earliest manuscripts of Middle English are traced back to this time.
The English language replaces Latin as the language of instruction in schools.
The modern English language as we know it begins to develop.
National Speak in Complete Sentences Day FAQs
What is National Speak in Complete Sentences Day?
National Speak in Complete Sentences Day, observed annually on May 31, is a day dedicated to using proper sentence structures in speeches.
When was the English language developed?
The modern English language as we know it began to develop in 1500.
What is a sentence?
In linguistics and grammar, a sentence is a linguistic expression of words.
National Speak in Complete Sentences Day Activities
Take a refresher course in grammar
Do you want to brush up on your grammar? You can take a refresher course in the use of English grammar.
Type your sentences in full
Well, it is as good a day as any for you to type and speak your sentences in full. Ditch short-forms for a change.
Share the fun online
Join the conversation online. Be sure to type in full using the hashtag #NationalSpeakInCompleteSentencesDay.
Why We Love
The shortest and most common word
The shortest and most common English word is ‘I’.
The shortest English sentence
The shortest sentence in the English language is “I am.”
New words are added regularly to dictionaries
A new word is added to the dictionary every two hours.
There are “ghost words”
There’s a name for words with absolutely no meaning: “ghost words.”
Crutch words refer to words that are repeatedly used in a sentence.
Why We Love National Speak in Complete Sentences Day
There’s nothing worse than miscommunication. Full sentences ensure our meaning is clear.
It’s a day to learn
Today’s the perfect opportunity to brush up on your language skills. Take a refresher course to take a grammar lesson online.
We can share our knowledge
It’s a day to share all that you’ve learned about the benefits of using complete sentences. Tell your family, tell your friends, tell all!
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