Does the experience of any of the authors looked at today (Louise Bennet, Grace Nichols, Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe and M. Nourbese Philip) connect with your the experience of language users amongst your family and friends?
I have always believed that the differing styles of a certain language can influence the way a particular message is portrayed and understood by the audience. One of the authors that stood out in our lecture today was the poet Marlene Nourbese Philip, in particular in the video that was played which was the work Discourse on the Logic of Language.
In the video, the way Philip delivered the work was phenomenal as she created a steady rhythm and allowed the words to roll off one another to prove her argument. Her argument discusses that particular areas may have established their own style of a language, meaning that a new dialectic has been created. This notion has only realistically been explored since the twentieth century as due to immigration and mixed cultures new offspring of language as started to occur and are being studied. This influence of a culture in a particular environment does impact the way that a language is understood and how it can evolve into a new dialect.
Now this notion of having created a new language within a certain environment has some similarities in my household. As I have a younger sibling with ASD (Autism spectrum disorder), I have watched over the years him create his own little universe and create his own individualized language. He’s own language is still English and he can understand what someone is telling him but his responses are eccentric because he will respond in quotes of films, shows or books to people he does not know or he will jumble words up in response to a family member. When watching the video of M. Nourbese Philip’s Discourse on the Logic of Language, I was reminded of my brother straightaway as when he learns a new word or phrase he will attempt to say it in multiple accents and attempt to find a way to incorporate it into his own language which I think personally is phenomenal.
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