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Oct. 1st, 2005 | 11:51 am
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from linguaphiles: How do you pronounce the English language word "jaguar" and where do you live/did you grow up?

at first i was amazed that there were so many very different ways to pronounce a word, all correct.

but after sounding out many of the responses, i 'realized' "oh, those are just accents. ...they don't really mean the word is _supposed_ to be pronounced that way."

self-WTF?

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from: fulguritus
date: Oct. 1st, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
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That was a good read.
The English guy who said "where we know how to speak english" cracked me up.

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Triple Entendre

he's grown accustomed to her face

from: triple_entendre
date: Oct. 1st, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
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...i wonder if he can hear the differences in British English dialects.

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Triple Entendre

Oh Sylvia? Yes Ricky? How do you call your llama?

from: triple_entendre
date: Oct. 1st, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
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i mean at some point, the physical structure of each individual person's speech organs makes a difference. the 'ideal', 'correct' speech would have to be some blended average of all the common ranges of the components of physical speech. (similar to the blended-face-morphing studies of beauty.)

mmmmmellifluous.

you know, even if we had the ability to use digital replay of idealized sounds instead of whistling and flapping our meat... we'd just use it to add hints of noises and music to our speaking, the better to approach whatever idea it is we're trying to give voice.

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thank you

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 1st, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
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there are many "correct ways in all things. this has been coming up in many of my classes. i hate the "language police" who try to correct in spelling and pronunciation for the ONE correct way - when there are many.

i.e. hegemony he GEM mony ... HE ge mony
nihilism NI il ism NE il ism...

i am always suprised by the number of people who DON'T know or appreciate this beautiful aspect of all languages and their changing multiplicitous nature (dare I create my own word?)

Know and appreciate them all!

Here, here...

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 1st, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
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that's by me, ainanna.
i have many names and many SPELLINGS.

thank you.
and have a nice day.

;)

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 1st, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
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i meant to type he ge MON y.

:)

ooops!

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Triple Entendre

Re: thank you

from: triple_entendre
date: Oct. 1st, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
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tell your students: by learning the rules, they earn the right to break them.

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 1st, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
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'tis true. a'mwen...

and 'tis important to learn the "why" behind the rules - the context and often their relationship to POWER. Those who have it, those who don't.

... you must have read my mind because this topic of yours has been on my mind since my thursday evening class - and how to get all this across. :)

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