Friday, 16 November 2012
English Language :-Old 1930's speak or proper pronunciation?
I am currently reading THE LAND by VITA SACKVILLE WEST written in the mid 1920's and earlier today I found a recording of Vita reading the first part of the book. It was a passage thate had got me thinking about the decoration of tools and that lead me to regarding the Turner Contemporary as a tool which needs no decoration lest it detract from its displays. The whole issue of what is art can be gleened for me from those opening lines. I have spent a couple of days cogitating the meaning and then I played the recording from youtube and heard the words in my head spoken by there author. This opened the whole mish mash ofmy reading her speaking and my thoughts all clashing. If art is meant to make you think the TC sure has me. I then clicked on another clip on Youtube and when I was listening to the voice of Virginia Woolf speaking rom 1937 here is the blurb from the clip This is the only surviving recording of ">Virginia Woolf's voice. It is part of a BBC radio broadcast from April 29th, 1937. The talk was called "Craftsmanship" and was part of a series entitled "Words Fail Me". if you listen to either or both of these clips transport yourself back to a world without mobile phones Televisions and laptops. News was gained from the written word or was passed person to person. Virginia Woolfs voice will sound alien to many today but to me it sounds BBC English. We have lost much in the last 100 years and I with my cockney accents dropped Aitch's and slang wish we could recllaim some of the lost. Well done if you manage to listen to both clips let me know our thoughts on how the English language is and has changed