Life in a Northern Town
Thanks for your comments Filippo, Bahij, Leila, James and Anita! Thanks also to Taru for the lovely photos of her 'little Christmas' in Finland.
In my last post I talked about the topic of World Englishes and reported an example of a new (for me) word from Filipino English, imeldific. James, you gave a good definition and explanation of that word in your comment, thanks!
I also talked in my last post about the idea of English as a lingua franca and Bahij asked whether English can be a lingua franca between two speakers of, for example, British varieties of English. This is a really good question! Studies of conversation have shown that we often change the way we speak depending on who we are talking to (this process is called accommodation). We either start to sound more like the person we’re talking to, or less, depending on what we think of the other person. Think of the way that people often talk to very old or very young people for example. So there isn’t really one ‘English’, just lots of (sometimes slightly, sometimes very) different ways of talking, some of which get labelled Filipino English, British English, Scottish English, Yorkshire English, Rachel’s family’s English, Youth English, Clara’s English and so on. The specific way we talk depends on the languages we know and what we know about them, who we’re talking to and when, why and where. OK, now you know not to ask me any questions ever again, if you don’t want an over-long answer!!!
Now then, Kieran and Stephen have got me thinking about the music (and films) I watched as a teenager. I’m too young (sorry Stephen!) to remember the heyday of the Beatles. My heyday in popular music was (take a deep breath) the 1980’s and Modern Romance: big hair, baggy clothes and that strange way of dancing that involved briefly clapping your hands above your head. So, for any of you for whom the 80s were also your heyday, or if you just want to see the strange clapping dance, here is one of my favourites:
Dream Academy: Life in a Northern Town
The video combines shots of a drizzly (see Stephen’s post for a definition)Northern town with a reference to the Beatles and the early 60s. It looks like it was shot in winter too, so it’s perfect for this time of year.
Hope the rest of the week goes well for you!
World Englishes (n) = the idea that there are many varieties of English in the world, some of which are independent of what used to be seen as the ‘centre’ varieties (British, American, Australian English etc.). Independence means that these new Englishes are in the process of generating new ways of speaking and writing (like the new word, imeldific).
lingua franca (n) = a language that is used for communication between speakers who have different first languages.
imeldific (adj) = excessive, over the top. A Filipino English word based on the name of the wife of a previous President of the Phillipines.
accommodation (n) = changes in the way someone speaks which are related to the speaker’s ideas about the person or people (for example, their intelligence, their ability to understand, their ability to hear and so on) they are speaking to.
heyday (adj) = The period of greatest popularity, success, or power. Also, the period of the speaker/writer's greatest interest in something.
baggy (adj) = very loose fitting, not tight.
shoot (v) = record a film
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