weekly discussion

Humanities

De Anza College

Question Description

n the discussion of the Week 3, you are going to reflect on the importance of phonetics and phonology in the movie industry.

Original discussion post must be submitted before 9.00am on Tuesday.

1. Watch Eric Singer's analysis of the ways actors use geographical accent in the movies.

(While watching, write down ideas that you find interesting.)

Movie Accent Expert Breaks Down 32 Actors' Accents | WIRED (Links to an external site.)Movie Accent Expert Breaks Down 32 Actors' Accents | WIRED

2. Watch Eric Singer's analysis of the ways actor's use of idiolects,the speech habits peculiar to a particular person, in the movies that portray the lives of famous people:

(While watching, write down ideas that you find interesting.)

Accent Expert Breaks Down 17 Actors Playing Real People | WIRED (Links to an external site.)Accent Expert Breaks Down 17 Actors Playing Real People | WIRED

3. After watching the videos, reflect about one, two, OR all of the following questions:

a) What do think about Singer's statement according to which "accent is a crucial layer of storytelling"?

b) Are you familiar with any of the accents and idiolects analyzed in the videos? Did the actors use them accurately? Do you agree with Singer's analyses?

c) Do you know about any other movies (ones not selected by Singer) that use a specific accent to add authenticity to the characters and story?

* You can either upload a short video clip and write a comment, or you can write the title of the movie and the name of the character and write your comment similar to the comments of Singer.

SINCE THE FOCUS OF THIS WEEK IS ON SOUNDS, YOU CAN EITHER WRITE YOUR POST, OR YOU CAN RECORD YOURSELF SPEAKING THE DISCUSSION POST.

* Your original post should be 200-250 words long. If you decide to record your response, you need to speak for about 1 minute.

RESPONSE TO THE POSTS OF YOUR 2 CLASSMATES- must be submitted before 9.00am on Friday:

Follow these steps to write the discussion response:

1. Read all the posts of your classmates.

2. Find a classmate who has not received a response to his/her post yet. You CANNOT respond to an original post which has already received a response if there are still some posts that have not received a response.

3. Just as you would during a spoken discussion, write whether you have something in common (if you respond to the part 1) or what your think about the ideas of your classmate (if you respond to the part 2). You can add more ideas to the points that your classmate has made, or write a different opinion in a polite manner.

* The response to each post should be 100-150 words long. Alternatively, your each spoken response should be around 30 seconds long.

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