Buna dimineata! Good morning!
This is the 3rd annual Romanian literary event to be held here in this fascinating building [State Library of NSW].
For those who are not bi-lingual, including myself, even though we cannot understand the words there is a rhythm in the spoken word that speaks to us.
I was reading recently a University paper by Victor Yevmenov for his Master of Arts in Teaching
Victor (I think he’s American) speaks of sitting in a noisy restaurant trying to have a conversation with a Romanian friend, who was trying to tell him about his language school. Victor thought he would never learn anything about the school but surprisingly after 15 to 20 minutes they were still talking and were somehow able to exchange information.
When Victor registered this fact, it struck him as weird. What was it that made it possible to communicate? All they had was facial expressions, the general context, one or two words out of each phrase and the general energy distribution of their speech – the rhythm and intonation. Still, they managed to communicate.
The most exciting insight for him that night was that rhythm can carry information, he feels it is the guide to the structure of information in the spoken message.
Mihaela Cristescu has organised this morning’s event hosted by the State Library of New South Wales. Mihaela has lined up a wonderful program for your enjoyment which will be followed by some refreshments including some delicious Lebanese food from fellow NWG writer Sue Chamoun.
26th March 2016
State Library of NSW