“I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his [or her] vision wherever it takes him [or her].”

– John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States


“Each language, indeed each subvariety of a language, has its own unique “sound,” yet the number of possible sound distinctions that can be made in any language is quite limited, and all languages share at least some sets of sounds.”

– Elizabeth C. Traugott & Mary L. Pratt