This blog is almost two months late, but our elation is just as present. On 20th November, 2009 both of us were awarded a Graduate Diploma in Language Description and Development. Hooray!
I was asked to give a speech on graduation day… and it goes along way to explain where we are up to on our journey. Have a little read if you have time.
GRAD SPEECH –
So, what did I learn this year?
I learnt that the weather in Melbourne really is awful. seriously, i feel like i’m living on a rock on the edge of the world, battered by the elements. (everybody cried out with indignation, in spite of the fact that we lost power in the conference room a few minutes earlier thanks to a vicious storm).
but sure, in the classroom – i found my new best friend the voiceless velar fricative phone – [x] (make a sound like an angry cat hissing)
I learnt that according to Sapir & Whorf it is highly possible that linguistic factors alone affect the way people view the world.
I learnt that people are born with the ability to understand grammar – thank God for that
I learnt that – at the end of the day orthography development has very little to do with phonology and everything to do with politics.
and, something that will stay with me for my whole life – in the words of my husband “i’ll never look at some letters the same way again”. k, x, j, c, – i don’t know who you are anymore.
I learnt what ethnography is, that pidgin is a real language and I learnt what I already suspected – that translating the bible is the most beautiful, complex, difficult, enlightening, challenging, privelidged task that anyone could hope to participate in.
And I praise God that many of you in this room – were made for that.. (a bunch of nerds)
My apologies and gratitude go out to my teachers who put their blood, sweat and tears into preparing me for the field this year – you did a great job. I’m so prepared, i know that its not for me, even before i get there! you’ve honestly done me a great service.
But i didn’t really need her ‘help’ – it actually took me MUCH longer to do that with her ‘help’ – but I like her, and I wanted to include her, i wanted to build a relationship with her – so let her help me
Lets bask in that for a moment, Jesus is building his church, and nothing, not even the gates of hell will stop it.
I don’t care what you DO
and I made you with skills, you came pre-loaded with many skills
I know now more than ever –