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At 6:41pm on February 5, 2009, Moonbeam said…
Thanks for the welcome. Yes some humor is good cuz it can get pretty grim contemplating this stuff. It's a good source for some laughs too. ;-)
At 10:35am on February 5, 2009, Kit Ann Kaboodle said…
"Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it is the sickening grammar that they use." ---Mark Twain
At 12:32am on February 5, 2009, Nuno Raposo said…
Sign Languages are actually quite fascinating from a linguistic perspective. When linguists finally accepted ASL (American Sign Langauge) as a complete and true language, independent of English, they ended up having to rewrite a few text books :-)

As for Sign Language Humor and Untranslatable concepts. Yes to both ;-) There is plenty of Sign humor and poetry. Where poetry and humor in spoken languages play with the parts of speech of their own language, sign languages take advantage of it's own word play by utilizing handshape, orientation, location, movement, and non-manual markers (The phonemes of Sign Language). Also, and probably most importantly, is the ability of sign language to use space. The grammar of ASL allows for simultaneity of utterances, which spoken language is incapable of. And in that way I guess there are things which can not be translated into English. Although I don't really agree that anything can be considered "non-translatable". I just think there are things that are easy to translate, and others that can be really really hard. ;-)
At 12:52pm on February 4, 2009, Kit Ann Kaboodle said…
Thanks Ian! Put your degree in Literature to good use and look up "ailurophile".
At 12:13am on February 4, 2009, Hank Bones said…
Thanks Ian! This is the place to be, as far as I can tell.
At 8:07pm on February 2, 2009, Taniya said…
Danke :D
Sorry for the late reply. How are you?
At 11:29pm on January 31, 2009, Tony Mendez said…
Thanks for the welcome.
At 11:57am on January 30, 2009, scylla said…
Not sure if poetry counts as lazy, I'd say the opposite... Have you read Inger Christensen? She and Pia Tafdrup are marvellous danish poets.
At 1:46pm on January 29, 2009, scylla said…
thanx for the welcoming:). I mostly do poetry slam, and don't have that much of the recent stuff on the net. I might publish some later on. Right now I'm working on a novel (gah! So much writing to do!), so I'm focusing on that.
Do you mostly write poetry or are you like me and dabbling in most genres?
At 4:27pm on January 25, 2009, Comrade bose said…
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At 4:25pm on January 25, 2009, Comrade bose said…
welcome comrade. I have made a new group you can join in.
At 11:46am on January 22, 2009, bludecembers said…
Thank you, not those... but I plan on getting a back piece of a cherry blossom tree.
At 9:22am on January 21, 2009, Mike Hein said…
Thanks for the welcome, Ian. "Nestorian wisdom"....I like that.
At 1:57pm on January 20, 2009, Mel said…
Thanks
At 12:17pm on January 19, 2009, Leslee Love said…
The redhead is sexy! She used to be a dancer!! Right? But, yes I am not for all dolled-up women. I am so austere in the make-up, wardrobe dept.
At 10:45am on January 19, 2009, Leslee Love said…
Ah, how sweet! Willows is sexy and Sidle is brilliant! I have missed you on the TARDIS. What have you been up to? And, I do understand cricket, in theory, a little!
At 12:47am on January 17, 2009, Kyle said…
Its hard to say, it seems like it.
At 10:04pm on January 15, 2009, Goodie Faithless said…
Hi. Say hello to Hamlet and the Queen for me - Ophilia
At 4:09pm on January 15, 2009, Dr.Horrormentes said…
Yes, Doctor Who the best!!
At 6:54pm on January 14, 2009, bludecembers said…
Oh I didn't say that you were. Actually for two days I sit at the computer for 12 hrs. hah. :)
Hmm, no I have never heard of that... but I shall look it up then.

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