Trump on China

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Great material for a unit on prosody, from Ben Craw:


  1. Victor Mair said,

    August 29, 2015 @ 7:34 pm


    A couple of times it sounded like he said "Shina".

    This coming week in my modern Chinese literature and film class, we will be reading C. T. Hsia's seminal essay, "Obsession with China". It could have been about Donald Trump.

  2. Geof said,

    August 29, 2015 @ 10:53 pm

    Half of the times he says "China" he sounds uncannily like the announcer from Street Fighter 2.

  3. rootlesscosmo said,

    August 29, 2015 @ 11:28 pm

    Forget it, Jake.

  4. Rubrick said,

    August 30, 2015 @ 2:09 am

    It makes a lot of sense when he puts it that way.

  5. Victor Mair said,

    August 30, 2015 @ 7:36 am

    When I watched this video, I had a strange sensation that probably no other viewer had, but it's phonologically akin to Mark's initial remark that this would make "Great material for a unit on prosody". Namely, within the first few Trumpish iterations of "China", it reminded me of people who repeat a Chinese word in any sequence of real or imagined tones, and then claim that tones are not important or necessary, e.g., the word for "mango", which should be 2-3 (mángguǒ 芒果), but pronounce it 1-4, 4-0, 4-4, etc., or the word for "airport", which should be 1-1-3 (fēijīchǎng飞机场), but pronounce it 3-4-2, 4-4-2, etc.

  6. Sili said,

    August 30, 2015 @ 8:14 am

    A couple of times it sounded like he said "Shina".

    Seems like the naturally consequence of everyone and their dog having taken to saying "Bayshing".

  7. Keith Ivey said,

    August 30, 2015 @ 9:25 am

    I think the occurrences of "Shina" are just from the clip being started slightly late and missing the initial [t].

    Sili, I don't think I've heard "Bayshing", but I hear "Bayzhing" all the time.

  8. reader_not_academe said,

    August 30, 2015 @ 11:30 am

    haha :) being donald trump!

  9. Tim Martin said,

    August 31, 2015 @ 1:08 pm

    It's like the guy is a Pokemon and his name is "China."

    Thanks for this – it was thoroughly entertaining.

  10. Sili said,

    September 1, 2015 @ 10:11 am

    Thank you, Keith. I don't do voicing very well, but that is of course what I meant.

  11. Scott Mauldin said,

    September 1, 2015 @ 12:25 pm

    I hit semantic satiation on "China" by the 1 minute mark. What is "china"? That can't possibly be a thing, it's just funny sounds now.

  12. Roger Lustig said,

    September 1, 2015 @ 11:45 pm

    Where are the Weavers when you need them?

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