August 31st, 2006

self; took an axe

Psychological term for language-switch

I have no idea how to Google this, having already tried search phrases, including vague ones as written in the subject line. Seriously. No. Idea.

Take a boy who spent the first six years of his life in Japan, speaking Japanese. Then nine years in America, speaking English. Another year in America passes by, only filled with trauma that later caused hallucinations and variations on the 'mentally ill' theme. After that year passes, he's taken somewhere safe. As time goes by in that place, he often gets upset or confused and when this happens, he switches from English to Japanese at random, particularly during hallucinations, because of the way his mind works- it subconsciously goes from the language he hates (English) to the comforting language in which he spoke his first words.

Is there a term for this? If so- what in the name of Madonna is it?!

Edit: And the verdict is- *drumroll* language reversal and dissociation during regression! Seriously, much thanks to everyone who helped. I may actually be happier about figuring out this bit of my boywhore's mental state than I was when Atsushi covered I Like Chopin. ...No, really.
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  • nebulia

dislocated shoulders

Okay, so after Googling and Wikiing, I found out a great deal about dislocated shoulders.

However, I have two questions:

1) (I doubt this is possible, but I'm not sure, so I'll give it a shot) Is is possible for one to pop his dislocated shoulder back into place by himself, or using the help of some sort of inanimate object (like a tree, wall, table, whatever)? Once more, I doubt it, but I want to be sure. My character's shoulder gets dislocated, and he's by himself, in a big prison cell. Anything he can do in any way to make it hurt less? Time period is around 130 years ago.

and 2) What happens if the shoulder is not popped back into place? I'm assuming tons of pain, etc, but I want more factual details.


Bidule and French classes

I've Googled and Wikied to get no results. I remeber this par tin a french work book from middle school about this creature named Bidule who looked a lot like a Koosh ball with eyes, legs and feet. Does anyone possibly know the name of the book? Everything I look for is coming up with computer stuff.
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  • tabaqui

Native Americans and the brewing of alcohol...

I'm trying to find any information on native Americans and the making of any sort of alcohol, whether it be for cerimonial purposes or just plain drinking. I found one reference here:
that said there was 'evidence that corn had been used to make alcohol', but that's it. Most searches only turn up things about alcoholism in native Americans so...

*Did* any tribes make a fermented beer or alcohol of some sort before the coming of Europeans? Or were they totally ignorant of the making of fermented beverages? That seems unlikely but i can't find anything. Thanks!

ETA: Have the information i need now, thank you all!