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19 January 2009 @ 07:09 pm
While I drink my spiced chai tea latte  
A juggernaut, yeah, that's a great big machine
from Star Wars -- or maybe a truck
Avatars are who you are in a game
and karma, we all know, is luck.

Kali's a demon; Dan Simmons should know
He went to Calcutta one year
and Soma's a drug out of Huxley. It's so
very great how inventive they were!


Sparked by some of the conversation on the What is Cultural Appropriation thread. And oddly not entirely consistent with what I've said about it. Apparently my writing brain doesn't entirely agree with my analyst brain.

ETA: I'm very sorry to do this but I'm disabling comments for now. turning off email notification on this thread and won't be checking  back on it for several days.   I  meant to disable comments, but then realized that would hide the comments that were already made, which isn't my intent at all.

This is all me and my silly head -- I need to work on a paper and won't if I keep wondering if people have said anything here.  So I  need to forbid myself lj till the paper's done.
Current Mood: amusedamused
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 20th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
There's apparently also a genetic basis to tone sensitivity.

But also, I left India at age 4 and was exposed to multiple dialects and acccents (and languages) on a daily basis from then on. And really even before that, though in a less pronounced way for English.

My parents live in Scotland, and one thing I love is that they'll say things like "Nae bother" in their almost-standard-Indian accent.

Itinerant hacker adventuress: geese what's thatthewronghands on March 21st, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
Re: genetic basis, oh, that's really interesting. [runs off to Google] I'd been really trying to work on it, but I clearly was just appallingly bad at it. I felt rude.

Re: "nae bother", that is awesome.

My linguist friend, when consulted, says that her general English training can sometimes have the same throwing-out-of-enjoyment effect when reading, and that typos in published material or awkwardly written work drive her up the wall. Fortunately for me, my mispronunciations don't seem to be as bad as I had feared. [grin] Having grown up in a very diverse urban environment, she says that she notices dialectal mashings, but tends to chalk that up to mixed dialects through similar exposure unless it's glaringly inconsistent with what's known about the character. (Now I want to feed her Banker and see if she's also annoyed. [grin] What else are friends for?)

Speaking of friends, do you mind if I add you? I've been enjoying our conversation.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on March 22nd, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
I've also talked to several linguist/writers who say that the increasd sensitivity to language really helps with writing, so that's not just me either...

I'd be delighted if you add me! Only, do be patient with me because I am currently intimidated by my friends list and thus haven't been adding people back unless I already know them or their work -- and I think I have missed some of those. Sometime in the next month or so I'll be going through it and getting up to date. I hope.
Itinerant hacker adventuress: polite raventhewronghands on March 22nd, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
Hooray! I'm not hugely concerned about whether or not anyone has time or inclination to read my Deathless Internet Prose, so please don't worry about adding me back or not. I will be cheerfully unoffended either way.