Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Language of Porn, and other Ramblings on Language

Yes, you heard right. I am at present curious about the language of pornography. I want to know whether when the viewer picks up a video and presses play, the language of the actors have anything to contribute to the appreciation - enjoyment if you will - of the performance. Considering that there are different kinds of pornography, I would think that the answer would depend on what the viewer wants. Won't it? Well, since this is not an expose on the film genre in particular, we won't bother with expatiating the categories. But for the purpose of this inquiry, can we ask whether the actresses that speak French or Spanish please the viewer better than those who speaks in English or Chinese?


On a totally different but similar matter, I have always also wanted to know what language the referees of international football matches speak. For instance, a match tomorrow between the English club from Manchester will meet with the team from Barcelona, Spain. How would the players be able to hear the referee when he tries to warn a player without using a card. How would the referee be able to hear the players when they scream their grievances? One guess would be that referees are trained in the major languages of the world. But I doubt it. I think they only speak "cardese", a language based only on the colours of the warning cards. This should explain all those hand gestures, and angry mouthing of expletives by the players whenever they feel slighted. I once read about deaf people who complained about not being able to enjoy soccer without noticing the profanities on the mouth of players. I guess being able to read lips could have its own disadvantages. But even within teams, how do they communicate? Didier Drogba of Chelsea is from a French-speaking African country and is in the same team as Michael Essien of Ghana and Mikel Obi of Nigeria. Do they communicate at all in the dressing rooms. If so, how. If not, why not? How does Christiana Ronaldo speak with his coach Sir Fergusson at Manchester?

Questions, questions. Things I've always wanted to know.

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