I just found this a few minutes ago, and find it both entertaining and highly educational. Perhaps like me, you have wondered what an American accent sounds like to non-English speakers. This little video takes you one further and reveals not just how the accent sounds, but how a non-English speaker might perceive the American version of English. On top of it all, the high-energy music is pretty good. What do you think?
Archive for the ‘Linguistics’ Category
Let me start by admitting that this is the first of Doug Hofstadter’s books I’ve actually finished. The first of his works I attempted to read was Gödel, Escher, Bach. It was fascinating, but about three-quarters through he went into a private calculus and drove me out through the window. His Mathemagical Themas was more approachable, but a very long book, and I was not in a mental place to “get” much of what he was saying. For some reason, however, [ Read More ]
Every now and then I like to wax rhetorical and kick around a philosophical idea or two. I’d like to present an idea that, if you really consider it, may change the way you see the world. Then again, to some it will be a big, “well, duh!” But then, that’s the fun of recreational philosophy and psychology. Here it is. The picture below is probably familiar to you. When you see it you have a word for it. You [ Read More ]