movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Wed Apr 21 2010, 10:36pm | 6 comments
Enjoy a soliloquy from the littlest Hamlet:
Saw this a couple of months ago. Very cute.
Awwwww … Thanks for reminding me of that gem, MAJ :-)
Undeniably one sweet kid. It has got me thinking about language, and how we learn it, though. A child that small cannot possibly have understood most of the words he was repeating, and yet he repeated them very easily. How does the connection in the brain get made between that odd sound that he pops back at BC, and the meaning behind it?
It’s like reading – scientists thought that our brains pretty much do what we do when we teach a child to read – sound out the ‘k’ ‘aaa’ ‘tuh’ to make ‘cat’. But then, if you keep the frsit and lsat ltrtes of a wrod the smae, you can raed it esialy eevn tghouh you cna’t psoblisy snuod the wrod out.
A child that small cannot possibly have understood most of the words he was repeating, and yet he repeated them very easily.
it was very interesting to me that he seemed to get the idea that “that is the question” was (a) referring to the “to be or not to be” and that (b) it was, actually, a question.
i thought it hilarious and intriguing that he even mimicked BC’s stresses and rhythms…
Ahh, an actor who takes direction well. That’s rare!
Prof Brian Cox is looking rough. Who knew a particle physicist life would be more ageing that being in a rock group? :)
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