November 1st, 2008


Acadian French?

I'm reluctant to use an online translator, because not only can they be awkward but I'm looking for an older version of the language. I know very little about the French language, I've never studied it, so the few examples of differences given on wikipedia don't really help me.

Some background: one of my MCs is a ghost from around the American Revolutionary War. He was probably Acadian, and living in New England at the time of his death. He's not going to be speaking much. Are there resources someone can point me to, or (this would be awesome) be able to translate just a few phrases?

I've looked through the Acadian pages on wikipedia, and googled Acadian French to no avail - I get a lot of genealogy pages. I did find links on the wikipedia page for Cajun French that look helpful, but how just how closely related is Cajun French to Acadien French, and would there be a big difference because the character comes from the late 18th century?
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Laurentian Abyss and the Canadian coast

Searches used: Laurentian Abyss location, Laurentian Abyss map, Google Maps, Googled "world atlas" and searched through those websites.
Setting: modern day, for a Transformers fic.

Where exactly is the Laurentian Abyss? The most I can seem to find is "in the Atlantic, off the eastern Canadian coast," but I'd like something a little more specific, if possible. Also, if I wanted something of extraterrestrial origins to set off from there in a vaguely southwesterly direction and arrive at a beach in North America that was unpopulated but still somewhat accessible (i.e. I need a giant robot that turns into a Topkick to be able to get there) about where would I want this thing to hit land? I'm thinking somewhere along the Netherlands (Newfoundland. Good God, you know you've been staring at a computer too long...) but depending on where the Laurentian Abyss actually is that might not be the most likely place.

All my searches are turning up the exact same three lines of information and I'm getting more than a little frustrated, so any help will be very appreciated.
edmund the just

Korean Endearments

Why yes, this is for NaNo.
First time posting, so please tell me if I did anything wrong.

Setting: Modern-day.
Searched: "Korean nicknames", "Korean terms of affection", "Korean endearments", variations thereof.

I'm looking for commonly-used terms of endearments in Korean, but so far my Google-fu has failed me.

So, what are some endearments a Korean male in his early twenties might use for a younger female? I'm not necessarily looking for terms indicating a romantic relationship, but nicknames that would imply that they are rather close to each other.

What about some of the common terms used when a younger male addressing an older male? Are there specific suffixes to attach to a surname, for example?

Thanks in advance!
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British Accents

Setting: 1949-1971, in Kent, mostly the area around Romney Marsh, and an undefined place in East Sussex (someplace where an upper-middle class family might live). 
Searched: "kent accent," "kent accent sound," and similar combinations for East Sussex

In a story of mine, I have several characters from Kent and one who grew up in East Sussex.  I'm trying to get a feel for what their accents would sound like, both for my own benefit and to help with writing their interactions.  If possible, I'd love sound or video clips with examples, but I'll settle for a description.  Google and Wikipedia were thoroughly unhelpful.

The girl from East Sussex is upper-middle class and in her mid-teens.  Her father came from the same area that they're living in now and her mother comes from Kent.
The first group of characters from Kent are very upper class, an old family with a lot of ties to London. 
The second group of characters from Kent are more lower class, isolated and (I'm guessing) with much stronger rural accents than the first group.

I really appreciate any help.
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Usability of furniture and such after <three hundred years.

My google-fu has failed me, so I have no idea what to search for here. Siiiigh.

After a few hundred years, would chairs/desks/beds/etc. still be usable? I know tapestries seem to survive for quite a long time, so would blankets and such make it, as well? This is assuming nothing living has touched it post-abandonment -- no rats, bugs, mold, etc.

The setting is fantasy, but technology is somewhere between the 1600-1700s. No usable magic, or, at least, none as of yet. It's a city that was abandoned around three hundred years ago (or so; it can be changed) due to metaphysical reasons, and so hasn't been reinhabited, save for one sort-of-goddess (and, later on, the other two main characters). Climate is temperate, on the slightly hot side -- no snow, moderate-to-low amounts of rain, very low humidity. There's a desert a hundred (or two) miles south, if that helps (though that, too, can be changed).

Yes, this is for NaNo. OF COURSE.
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WWII books for a young Nano writer?

Hello all!

I'm a university student helping a middle school student in a reading program, and this year, she has decided to do Nanowrimo for young writers.  I'm pretty proficient at finding most answers on the internet about WWII England and Nazi Germany, and Liverpool, where her story is set, so I don't have any specific questions about the era.  I am wondering if there is any fiction/non-fiction anyone out there has read set during this era that would be a little more digestible than the university grade text books I have sitting around my house on the matter.  The only thing I can really come up with off the top of my head is 'Maus', but that is more of a graphic novel.  I've sent her to the local library to do her own research as well, but it would be nice to give her some specific titles.

Thanks again, and happy Nano-ing!

Language Tools: American Dialects LinkDump

I stumbled across this page in some research I've been doing:
It's a collection of links to articles and pages about different American regional and population-based dialects, even a few links to other English-speaking places and people.

Some of the links I found were silly, but there were a lot of recordings and slang-decoders that were useful.

ETA: It seems that  lot of the links are outdated and dead. I apologize for not checking outside of my own area of concentration before posting.

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Oh NaNo...

Believe me, I've looked everywhere.

I'm writing a story set in Northen Ontario, Canada. Literally described as 'just north of nowhere.'

I've been able to find just about all the detail I need, but I'm stuck on one thing. I'm assuming that telephone directories are handed out annually in Canada, just like they are here in Britain [Please, PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong, its a big part of the story!], and that they're dyed an obnoxious color so that you can't recycle them by normal means.

What I need to know is, what time of year are these monster books issued? I'm assuming it's like, the same month every year, but I have no idea when that would be.

My main character and her kids dress up as collectors every year, y'see, and go and collect all the out of date ones in the town they live in, and then use them as free fuel for the fire. But it just occurred to me that if it doesn't work like that in Canada, I just screwed myself.