Anonymous asked: MIss you, hope you are doing well <3
Quick hello, and sorry to all my followers!
I know I haven’t posted here in… about a month-ish. I got a little burnt out on Doctor Who, and my biggest television obsession, Sherlock, has recently had a lot going on (as in, the new series started on Sunday and I’ve already watched Scandal about five times). I did finish my paper and hand in a final draft, but I wasn’t happy with it. I’m not sure when...
Finished with my first draft.
I’m just not really sure what I set out to accomplish anymore. Here’s to hoping my professor can lead my down the path of doing something with my data besides going “Look! Here are some conceptual metaphors at work, a little skewed but still there LOOOOK AT THEM!” Because that’s where this draft is at right now. All seven pages of it. (I did title it...
bestofthetardis: timeywimeywords: bestofthetardis: timeywimeywords: Do I really need an entire paragraph about Doctor Who, explaining the premise of the show in my paper? Either way, it’s staying in right now, because this is the rough draft. I’ll… The unique portrayal of time travel is one of my favorite aspects of the show. I’d love to read your paper when it’s...
bestofthetardis: Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Language: Here’s my dilemma right now: timeywimeywords: Do I really need an entire paragraph about Doctor Who, explaining the premise of the show in my paper? Either way, it’s staying in right now, because this is the rough draft. I’ll cut it later if I find it to be unnecessary. But really, I’m not sure if I need it or if it’s going to...
Here's my dilemma right now:
Do I really need an entire paragraph about Doctor Who, explaining the premise of the show in my paper? Either way, it’s staying in right now, because this is the rough draft. I’ll cut it later if I find it to be unnecessary. But really, I’m not sure if I need it or if it’s going to look like filler. If you don’t understand the premise of the show, at least the...
Singing in my office at work and organizing linguistic data about Doctor Who! What’s not to love? Later I’m gonna be like:
There's nothing quite like watching Doctor Who...
Happy Thanksgiving to anyone in the United States! (And to anyone who isn’t, too, because why not? It’s nice to be wished a good day full of food and family and friends. SO YES!)
Watching "The Wedding of River Song" because... ya...
Might be interesting.
Anonymous asked: I am the same father's day/pompeii person, just wasn't sure it got through. Tumblr has been a bit odd for me lately.
Anonymous asked: I would suggest Father's Day in season One, and Fires of Pompeii in season four.
Doctor Who Minisodes
lesserjoke: knightsandblueboxes: 1) Bad Night 2) Good Night 3) First Night 4) Last Night Anyone know where exactly these fit into canon? Here’s what I’ve been able to figure out: Bad Night — Amy and Rory are sleeping in the TARDIS, and Amy mentions needing to talk to the Doctor about something. So, right before Series 6, around the time Time and Space happen? Good Night — Amy complains...
petrichorrr-deactivated20120715 asked: Well, when you say life is like a book, it's like saying everything's planned already and there is a definite path each individual goes through. I mean, every book has an author, and if s/he's a good author, then they plan very carefully (take Moffat for example. just...oh dear god...mindmelter....). There are certain things that *must* happen at certain times for such and such...
thebroph asked: I think the metaphor of "life is a book" translates better simply because it is a physical object that people can then compare "time" to. Whereas the definition of "a story" could vary slightly from person to person. Unless of course that is what you're going for...
pernicious-gaze asked: I would say time is a story because a story is passed along orally and can therefor be changed and is hardly set in stone and, as is said constantly through out the Doctor Who series, time can be changed while a book is already written and, metaphorically, cannot be changed. As for life, well, I would say the same thing but that really depends on one's personal beliefs. So, that part would be...
priellan asked: I'd say go with the book because you can talk about how the Doctor skips around in everyone else's books and reads them out of order, that way you can incorporate Madame de Pompadour talking about being forced to take the slow path while the Doctor meets her whenever he finds a portal AND you can talk about the out-of-order River/Doctor relationship. [/rattlingoffrandomideas]
rosie-girl asked: Perhaps the answer is that it is both, the metaphor is that "life is a story" and "life is a book". They work together because both have elements that overlap?
sincerelycjones asked: in the argument that time is like a book, look at river and the doctor. they all have the same experiences together (like chapters) but they are in a different order for each of them.
obsessionfull asked: I think story works better than book. Stories can have an ending in a single instance, but an individual story can still be part of a larger one (much like individual episodes in a series of television, for example). And I think that fits in well with how the show deals with time. Something ends while more things begin. And the thing that ended could be the cause of something beginning.
Breakthrough in conceptual metaphors about...
So! There are actually quite a lot of metaphors in Doctor Who. I was just looking in the wrong place! I finally realized that an entire section of my paper is going to have to be about lives and conceptual metaphors about lives/time and how they’re… conceptualized. One of the underlying metaphors I’ve noticed is “A Person’s Life is a Book/Story.” Also,...
"Father's Day" had a bit of what I was looking for...
so now I’m sitting here all teared up, because this episode gets to me a lot. Especially the closer it gets to my dad’s death-date. I’ve just realized that my marathon mainly consists of Episodes That Make Ashley Tear Up. Hooraaay… Next Up might as well be The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End! I’ve already got my tissues out!
wrench-wench asked: You should definitely check out "Turn Left" (S4, E11) which has a "for want of a nail" plot line. Also, both "The Waters of Mars" and "The End of Time" are on Netflix, and they deal with timey-wimey stuff a lot more than the other specials ("Planet of the Dead" doesn't even have any time travel in it). I hope that helps you out some!
brokentripod asked: The part of The Big Bang right after the theme song is pretty great, when the future Doctor appears in the fez with a mop and is giving instructions to a past Rory to save the past version of the Doctor. It seems like it might be useful.
Thoughts so far:
This project is going to be a little trickier than I thought it would be… but it’s going to be SO fun! I didn’t pick Doctor Who as the basis for my project so I could throw some stuff together about wibbly wobbly and call it linguistics; I’m so excited to start digging into this show and its writing! (More like because I’m a super nerd, but it’s all the...
Watching "Blink" now, looking for spatial/temporal...
unhomeliness asked: Try the 2010 Christmas special "Christmas Carol" - we watch the Doctor actively rewriting time. Also, End of Time, the Time Lords on Gallifrey "go back" and plant the drumbeats in the Master's mind - there's a line about that. In that episode, the Doctor tells Harkness why he can't be fixed - I think there might be something in that set of dialog. And...
lucindaa asked: Not sure how many relevant quotes there are, I haven't watched it in a while, but if you want to include a 9 episode in your marathon maybe try "Father's Day". It deals with paradoxes and crossing personal timestreams and such. It's probably the most timey wimey of series 1, at least as far as I can remember.
rosie-girl asked: I think I mentioned this to you before, but The End Of Time had some good references in it.
ridethepegacorn asked: Maybe the episode "The Girl in the Fireplace" would help since it deals with portals to different points in time of Madame de Pompadour. :) Not sure if there are any time quote nuggets in there for you, since I haven't seen that episode in a long while myself, but I wish you luck. :)
sisterswan asked: would any of the episodes with Harkness help? it mentions being a "fixed point in time," in at least one episode, though i don't know if that's exactly what you're going for.
Anonymous asked: Also try wikiquote for Doctor Who quotes. It'll give you some good quotes then you can watch and find new ones :)
secretgovteggoproject asked: I'm sure you've already discovered her, but Lera Boroditsky has done quite a few studies looking into how the spatial metaphors we use to describe time have an effect on how we conceptualize time. If you haven't, studies to look for are Boroditsky (2001), January & Kako (2007), and Boroditsky, Fuhrman, McCormick (2010). It might be interesting to look at the incidence of spatial...
Anonymous asked: If you're going to do a Doctor Who marathon for time-relative words, I'd suggest definitely including "Blink" (regarding Kathy's disappearance and obviously The Timey Wimey Quote), "Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone" (esp. when the Doctor talks about how Amy can remember people that never existed because now she's a time traveller. On that note "Cold...
For being a show centered on a Time Lord who...
I just watched Turn Left, hoping it would have some of the timey-wimey language I’m looking for, but I didn’t hear anything! My theory/hypothesis about the show (and time-travel fiction in general, but I can expand the study to include other things at a later date) is that, even though time and space are viewed non-conventionally, the underlying conceptual metaphors that English...
I know this is an article from a comedy website, but #2 totally reminded me of this project, and is a really interesting point… http://www.cracked.com/article_18823_5-insane-ways-words-can-control-your-mind_p2.html?wa_user1=5&wa_user2=Science&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=recommended Yes! This is brilliant! I love Cracked.com, they’re always on the ball about funny...
Why did I decide to do this?
merlinmyths: I needed a final paper for my Arthur and the Matter of Britain class, and I didn’t want to do just anything. Then I happened upon timeywimeywords and saw their idea for a final paper (The Doctor’s use of metaphor to describe time). Thanks to their inspiration (or at least the idea of using a television show as part of my paper), I decided to compare Merlin to the 12th century...
thepreciousthing asked: The actual quote is "There is a vessel in your world where the days of my life are pressed together like the chapters of a book so that he may step from one to the other without increase of age, while I, weary traveler, must always take the slower path." from "The Girl in the Fireplace". Renette says it. :)
lub-a-dub-lub-a-dub asked: hey! this really has nothing to do with anything, but as a fellow WOU student, i just want you to know what an amazing thing you're doing here, considering our Linguistics department (or what i've experienced of it. it can be rough). i'm a Lit. major and this is a project that has serious appeal to me! i might do some investigating myself into the metaphor of the show--but, you...
stripper-kurt answered your question: Does anyone know where one might find transcripts of New!Who episodes? I use who-transcripts.atspace… for series 1-4 and chakoteya.net/DoctorW… for classic , and for 5-6 in LJ usually Thank you so much! :D You get a thumbs-up from Matt! setavulos answered your question: Does anyone know where one might find transcripts of New!Who episodes? For more recent...
Does anyone know where one might find transcripts...
I can transcribe them myself, but it would be infinitely faster if the transcripts are already out there. Not in IPA or anything fancy. If anyone has already transcribed them, I’ll sight you as a source for my project. Leave stuff in either my Ask or Submissions box. Thanks, followers! Have some dapper Rory.
unhomeliness asked: Hello! Your project is absolutely phenomenal and I am really excited to see how it turns out! Doctor Who is a ridiculously beautiful and smart tv show (linguistically, historically, conceptually). It's so great to have someone prove it! You will be posting the final paper, will you not?
ahawkandahandsaw asked: Hi! I'm not a linguistics major, but I am an english major and I've taken some linguistics classes, so if you need any help let me know! I'm really excited to see where your project goes :)
Anonymous asked: OK, so I must say, as soon as this project of yours is over, get some Classic Who into your life. Do it. It's brilliant. :) But for now, the good news. This is an awesome project, and I can't wait to see the finished product!
The (Collective) Gallifreyan Conlang Project! →
totalspiffage: What if instead of primarily working on it on my own with some input via tumblr I put it on a google document for people to view? I can allow interested people and linguists to edit the document instead of just viewing it. To get access, send me an email at (mytumblrusername) at gmail. After all, there are linguists expressing interest who have a lot more experience than I do,...