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"La Belle et la Bête" is a French film that goes back to the roots of the classic fairy tale.  I stumbled across a trailer online, and it looks quite good.  I am particularly charmed by having the original French dialog with English subtitles.
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All dialects are linguistically equal.  All of them have grammar

I am particularly intrigued by the stressed-bin example, which is not one I've encountered before, but I note that it follows a similar set of rules as Southern done as an auxiliary verb.  Done means something like "all finished" or "all the way," which is much like a perfective marker, but it can also be used for emphasis or distant past.  Mostly it's a perfective, as in "He done chopped the wood."  You hear the emphatic version in things like "He done had enough" and the hints of distant past in "She done give up on men."  But like stressed-bin, you can't make a question with it: *"Done she give up on men?"

Writing an unfamiliar dialect is very challenging, because it's easy to make mistakes like that if you haven't heard it spoken regularly.  When I write dialect, it's either one I've heard or I'm using what references I can find.  There aren't many references on dialects outside the mainstream ones, because privilege, and what sources there are, often aren't very good.  But I'd rather make my best attempt at them than write everything in newscast-English.  0_o  So I cite my sources if I'm using them, and let it go at that.
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Learn some words and phrases in Lakota for talking about a powwow.

They left out frybread. >_< How can you have a powwow without frybread?  Every Indian is going to say that, because the first thing you say at a powwow is: "Where is the frybread?"  There are about a dozen bumper stickers especially devoted to frybread. Of course, this is only part 1.  Maybe they will cover powwow food in a later part.
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I got to talking with some friends about the uncanny valley, and then I found this video of two chatbots talking together.  The imagery is basically two talking heads, with a voiceover. The uncanny valley effect works in audio as well as visual mode, and it is creepy.  For those of you whose impaired vision has left you out of the uncanny valley based on sight, here's a chance to experiment with hearing it instead.  Or anyone else who thinks it's cool.

The conversation runs 6:37.  I didn't last a minute before tapping out.  Other friends variably lasted about two minutes, and less than ten seconds.  How long can you make it?
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This post includes written and vocal samples about tribal affiliation.

For what it's worth, Wazí Aháƞhaƞ (Pine Ridge) is the reservation where my father's brother has kin by marriage. Yes, that's complicated. It's also perfectly ordinary for tribal people to trace connections through long trails of relatives.

On my mother's side, our Cherokee ancestor, we don't know who she was.  She was one of the ones who survived by assimilating.  But I am still finding bits of things, all this time later, where family traditions overlap Cherokee culture.  Burying fishheads in the garden, that one was obvious!
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This sounds promising.  Sacagawea will be played by an actual Native woman.  They also hired a bunch of consultants to cover all the tribes that will be featured, in pursuit of accuracy and respect.  This is how you do a good job of cultural representation.  Even if it doesn't turn out perfect I think it'll be really good, and they are certainly making concrete efforts.  If nothing else, it's making jobs for a lot of Native people.
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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] corvi, and [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. This poem belongs to the Valor's Widow thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, after the introductory events of "Valor's Widow."

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This poem is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht and further discussion with the person who drafted the character of Sintonizao. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Some movies don't need a plot.  They just need dinosaurs.  This is one of those movies.  I would happily have watched it just for the FX.

And then they added a dinosaur whisperer.  Also a hawt redhead.

Shut up and TAKE MAH MONEY!
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This is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "phobias" square on my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. Based on an audience poll, it has been sponsored by the general fund.

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This poem is from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. Based on an audience poll, it has been sponsored from the general fund.


"The Seeds of Meaning"


What the old books call
the language of flowers
is what most linguists
would call a code.

Yet it has nouns
(wintergreen for harmony)
and verbs
(pink camellia for longing)
and adjectives
(red columbine for anxious).

It even has grammar
(a flower representing
the main sentiment
in the center, to be read
spiraling outward from there).

It is what we turn to
when speech deserts us,
a language of emotion written
in blossoms and leaves
each bearing

the seeds of meaning.

* * *

Notes:

Read about the language of flowers.

A tussie-mussie is a small bouquet of flowers.  Learn how to make one.

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Here, courtesy of the Open University, is a sample of Shakespeare in the original pronunciation with detailed attention to puns and other features that work in the original but not in the contemporary. 

Education wants to be free.  :D  I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of Shakespeare but I'd be more inclined to listen like this.  I had a couple of teachers who were and they were worth listening just because they had so much fun with it -- including things like this, reading the original language and pointing out subtleties.
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This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem was selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It belongs to The Time Towers series, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] moongoddessgirl, [personal profile] lynnoconnacht, [personal profile] kelkyag, and [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "mothers and fathers" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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