Sunday, February 24, 2008

3. Consonant Chart


Both: Green, English: Yellow, Punjabi:Blue

In comparison to Punjabi, English uses a smaller variety of sounds. Punjabi uses tones and many of the syllables sound squished together in speech.

I would assume it would be easier for a Punjabi speaker to learn English than vice versa. As some sounds are common in both. Greg mentioned that his parents learned English by pronouncing the alphabet. "A" is "Ahhh" etc.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

2. Kinship


In English direct relation, age, and gender is important. There are specfic terms for people who are in the same nuclear family (brother, sister, mother father). We can see that age and gender is important because those that are older than you get specific kinship terms (grandmother, aunt, etc) while those who are the same age as you outside of your nuclear family receive a generic word (cousin).

In Punjabi terms denote relation to your mother or father and gender. Punjabi terminology distinguishes mother, mother's brother, and mother's sister, and each of their respective spouses, all of which are further distinguished from father, father's elder brother, Father's younger brother, and father's sister and their respective spouses where English has only "uncle" and "aunt." But the offspring of these relations are all either "brother" or "sister," according to sex.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

1. Colors

Given the instructions divide this image into color groups.I came up with:
The title of each color group is placed where I believe the purest of that color is.
When I asked Greg to do this, he became ecstatic and made several remarks.

"India is a world of color" - Greg

"I have an eye for color. That's why I was a fine arts major." - Greg

My initial expectation was that Greg's color groupings would be similar in number and characteristic because India was ruled by Britain and he has a strong British connection. This connection has been illustrated in that he identifies with London (a place he lived in childhood), his connection with people who have spoken in his accent, and a statement he made about traveling through British territories former and current. The remark was that if you are a British citizen each nation will welcome you "home".

Greg's Color Chart:
It is interesting to note that Greg chose to mark "Skin" and "Water" as distinct color categories from that of Red/Orange and Blue. He also chose to differentiate between Orange and Red-Orange.

In comparing the two color charts, Greg and I have similarities and differences. We both had colors in between Green and Blue, I labeled it Aqua and he called it Teal/Water. There is a high amount of divergence towards the Right side. Greg chose 4 color categories in the same area that I placed two. Had the differences of color been slightly off, I would have attributed it to my colorblindness and the ways our eyes see differently.

Monday, February 11, 2008

0. Introduction

My dad's parents traveled the US and Japan during WW2. My mom's parents moved westward from Arizona. Both groups met in California where my parents were born, met, and married. I was also born in California. I have traveled predominately in the Western hemisphere. My first language was English and I have dabbled in Spanish and French.

The grandparents of "Greg" lived in India during British rule. They moved to South Africa where his parents and their siblings lived. Due to political reasons, the family scattered across Africa into Ugunda and other places. Greg's parents moved to London, England where he was born. Greg fondly remembers the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. A great celebration was held, banquets of food lined the streets, Queen performed on the street. Greg has traveled through western Europe and parts of Africa. When he was ten his family immigrated to the USA. His first language was Punjabi but he also knows Hindi, English, Spanish, and French.