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It's little touches like this that make me glad I pick up a comic...



 

Date: 2011-10-26 07:52 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Just because you CAN speak any/every language doesn't mean you don't wince at what some people do to poor, innocent vowel sounds.

Date: 2011-10-26 07:56 pm (UTC)
salinea: (chagall)
From: [personal profile] salinea
why wince? There's no right and wrong when you study languages. There doesn't exist a platonic idea of what language should be. There just is what there is. It's data, if it's how people speak then it's legitimate linguistic data. It's cultural wealth. It's wonderful.

Date: 2011-10-26 08:08 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
why wince?

Aesthetics.

I'm certainly not saying there's a "right" or a "wrong" way to speak, but there is a sort of spectrum of accents ranging from "Soothing to the ear" and "Assonant as all get out". And most of us could think of accents from both ends of that spectrum.

As someone from a part of Scotland with a powerful, and frequently near incomprehensible to outsiders, dialect and intonation, I am more than aware of the problems that can present.

Date: 2011-10-26 08:29 pm (UTC)
shadowpsykie: Information (Default)
From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
but it shouldn't be a problem for Doug though. Don't think he has ever been shown to have any particular dislike for certain dialects (i may be wrong though). he probably would approach it from a detached observational point of view

Date: 2011-10-26 08:37 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Sigh... I think a little too much focus is being applied to what was intended as nothing more than a little throwaway gag.

Date: 2011-10-26 08:44 pm (UTC)
shadowpsykie: Information (Default)
From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
heehee i know... i was just pushing it ;D

Date: 2011-10-27 12:08 am (UTC)
salinea: anthy is watching you and her eyeglasses are all shiny (creepy anthy)
From: [personal profile] salinea
Ah. But aesthetics are subjective. And being normative about language has a history filled with power dynamics.

Date: 2011-10-27 06:58 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Of course aesthetics are subjective, and he knows that, that's why he winces, rather than arranges a hunting party.

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