TALK THE LINE
Jim Ridge as Charles Dickens
In biology it's widely accepted, but the study of the
evolution of language was once banned by The French Linguistic institute.
In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll let it develop,
and take a look at the story of French as well. Also, composer Stephen
Paulus finds music in and around poetry. And, a surprise visit from Charles
Kenneally is a linguist and the author of "The First Word:
The Search for the Origins of Language." She tells Steve Paulson
that Noam Chomsky thought language was hard-wired in the human brain,
but later researchers like Steven Pinker have shown that its development
is even more complex.
Stephen Paulus sits at the piano keyboard and talks with Jim Fleming
about how he developed the music for a group of six poems he set for
the Festival Choir of Madison. The resulting piece is called "Prairie
Songs" and we also hear excerpts of a concert recording by the
Choir. They talk about the way music and language can work together
to enhance an emotional effect and how the composer changes the poem
when he sets it to music. Also, Julie Barlow is the author, with
her partner, Jean-Benoit Nadeau, of "The Story of French."
Barlow tells Anne Strainchamps that French retains an association with
culture and sophistication and that the French have a curatorial attitude
toward their language, but in fact they add new words all the time.
Stephen Paulus - photo Mike Haberman
is a core member of the company of American Players Theater in Spring
Green, Wisconsin. He performs a one man show called "Dickens in
America," which he wrote with his friend Jim DeVita. Ridge explains
the structure of the show to Jim Fleming and goes in and out of various
characters to give us the flavor of it. And it's great, rollicking fun!
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 07-11-11-B.
|Jean Benoit Nadeau & Julie Barlow,
The Story of French (St. Martin's Press)
|Christine Kenneally, The First
Word: The Search for the Origins of Language (Viking)
|The Festival Choir of Madison:
Prairie Songs (www.festivalchoir.org)
- After Christine Kenneally:
Joseph Horovitz: Music Hall Suite-first mvt; Rennquintett
(Bayer BR 100 251)
- In Stephen Paulus
"Grass" & "The Old Church"
from "Prairie Songs" with the Festival Choir of Madison
- After Julie Barlow:
Amélie-Les-Crayons: "Ta P'tite Flamme"
Putamayo Presents Paris
- AfterJim Ridge:
Joseph Horovitz: Music Hall Suite-last mvt; Rennquintett
(Bayer BR 100 251)
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