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    redneck talk

    I need to convey extreme lack of education in use of languge and have little idea how a person with extremely poor educational background could speak (I need to translate a bogus interview with some member of unpopular peasant party) -could you give me some pointers? Lets say that I will omit s ending in the use of 3 rd person singular, I don't really know much else...

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    Re: redneck talk

    Translating is an art! You can't simply omit letters and make random errors. It has to correspond to the original as much as possible.

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    Re: redneck talk

    Well, to suggest that a translator needs no knowledge of sociolinguistics (because that's where my question eventually leads ) is like suggesting that a true artist doesn't need to know how to hold a brush, a bit naive. As a matter of fact to do such a piece well you would not only have to be well versed but also have tons of experience, I just happened to be a humble student clutching to whatever means are available ;)
    Well, thanks for your precious advice anyway ;)


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    Re: redneck talk

    Restricted vocabulary and simple grammatical rules. You dont wish to indicate an appreciation of the fine differentiation of concepts. Things will be good or bad with no shades in between. All dogs will be dogs there will be no breeds mentioned for example. Avoid any conceptual material, this man lives in the physical world and not his head.

    Such people are often portrayed in movies, the trick is to analyze what the scriptwriter does.


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    Re: redneck talk

    Get hold of books set in redneck regions, written by native Americans. That is often the best way of finding out how to reproduce such dialectical speech.

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    #6

    Re: redneck talk

    Here are a few things:
    Use the past particple instead of simple past - I seen it, for example.
    For third-person singular, use "he don't" or "she ain't" instead of "he doesn't" and "she isn't."
    Use double negatives - I don't know nothing, you ain't going nowhere.

    I can tell you that if it sounds wrong, it will sound VERY wrong to the people who do know how it sounds, so if you want to post a few lines here, do so.

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    Re: redneck talk

    Mencken, the American Language, Chapter 9; and Appendix 1.

    Dreadfully out of date, but the basics are still there, I think.

    Movies:
    Raising Arizona
    There's Something About Mary
    Wild At Heart
    Thelma and Louise

    And a book:
    Uncle Handsome's Redneck Poetry: The Road Less Gravelled.

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    THANK YOU. This forum has never let me down :)

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