[Group] H.L. Mencken--The American Language--philc

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Post by mightyfelix » December 5th, 2017, 11:36 am

Section 34: The Double Negative

8:23
https://librivox.org/uploads/philchenevert/americanlanguage_34_mencken_128kb.mp3

Obviously, I'm not a student of Anglo-Saxon texts. But, I sometimes play one on LibriVox!
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Post by DrPGould » December 5th, 2017, 6:47 pm

Thanks so much, Devorah! Section 34 is in the MW and ready for PL.

Philip

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Post by wildlindajohnson » December 6th, 2017, 7:21 am

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Post by mightyfelix » December 7th, 2017, 7:27 pm

Section 5:

22:13
https://librivox.org/uploads/philchenev ... _128kb.mp3

I found the bit at about 6:04-6:45 to be eerily accurate as to the current American temperament. Also, I had no idea that rubber-neck was this old.

And, oh hey, check out my blooper: https://librivox.org/uploads/bloopers/r ... looper.mp3 :lol:
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Post by DrPGould » December 7th, 2017, 7:50 pm

Thanks, Devorah! Section 5 is in the MW and ready for PL!

(loved the blooper).

Philip

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Post by wildlindajohnson » December 7th, 2017, 7:52 pm

Linda Johnson

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Post by DrPGould » December 7th, 2017, 8:12 pm

Linda:

Thanks so much for sections 40 & 41. They are in the MW and ready for PL.

Philip

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Post by barbara2 » December 7th, 2017, 9:45 pm

Thank you Devorah and Linda (and, Devorah, thanks also for the chuckle). I'm a bit slow but Christmas is at our throats so I'm asking for you to forgive any delays.


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Barbara

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Post by DrPGould » December 7th, 2017, 9:47 pm

Thanks, Barbara! (Just got my tree up and decorated today...now on to the kitchen--there are unmade cookies calling my name.) :)

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Post by barbara2 » December 8th, 2017, 4:20 am

mightyfelix wrote:Section 5:

22:13
https://librivox.org/uploads/philchenev ... _128kb.mp3

I found the bit at about 6:04-6:45 to be eerily accurate as to the current American temperament.
Yes. Mencken certainly had as a good nose as anybody for wild vagaries. Have you come across his coverage of the Scopes trial?

Oh, and PL OK.

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Barbara

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Post by barbara2 » December 8th, 2017, 5:16 am

wildlindajohnson wrote:Here are Sections 40 and 41:

https://librivox.org/uploads/philchenev ... _128kb.mp3 [11:06]
Section 40 is PL OK.

Spelling reform is sensible.

But ....we'd all have to pronounce the words according to the new orthography, wouldn't we? And somewhere in this text Mencken has remarked that Americans, at least of his time, pronounced words more carefully and distinctly that British speakers. Some of the American reforms reflect this - "thoro" is one . But British English and its derivatives revel in schwas .

Such spelling reforms would be particularly hard on Nuh Zilanders and Sarf Efrikens.

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Barbara

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Post by barbara2 » December 9th, 2017, 4:43 am

mightyfelix wrote:Section 34: The Double Negative

8:23
https://librivox.org/uploads/philchenev ... _128kb.mp3

Obviously, I'm not a student of Anglo-Saxon texts. But, I sometimes play one on LibriVox!
I understood every word. It is PL OK but...

There is a PL note for Philip who seems to have entered the M:S wrongly as 8:46 instead of the 8:23 which Devorah correctly gives. I don't know if this slip deserves a PL note. I mention it in case it saves Philip some trouble in the long run.

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Barbara

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Post by barbara2 » December 9th, 2017, 5:46 am

wildlindajohnson wrote:Here's Section 39:

https://librivox.org/uploads/philchenev ... _128kb.mp3 [21:49]
Great, Linda. PL OK.

Barbara, and I still don't know how to spell judgment/judgement.

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Post by DrPGould » December 9th, 2017, 8:12 am

I have corrected the timing issue with Section 34 and it is PL-OK.

Thanks Devorah for your reading and Barbara for catching my error.

Philip

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Post by barbara2 » December 10th, 2017, 2:19 am

Linda, Section 41 would have been PL OK (not least for the French pronunciations) except it's just that bit too loud for a group read. mp3Gain suggests de-amplifying it by -1.6dB.

mp3Gain is the Linux version I'm using, the Windows and Mac versions have similar names.


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