So I'm going to slowly start introducing the dissertation topic here. It has to be slow because I'm still working it out myself. The first exhibit is his video of Finnish hockey. You only need to listen to about 30 seconds.
Is my dissertation about language use in hockey games?
The point of the clip is that I have absolutely no idea what they said. (But I may have heard a hockey player's name, Kimmo Timonen, who was until this year a Nashville Predator.) Not only do I have no idea what they said, I can't even go look up the words, because I have no idea how many words were there, where they started and stopped, or anything. There were some pauses, but in between the pauses, it was just a bunch of sounds. Was that one word, two words, 10 words? No idea.
But when I listen to English I hear nothing but words. Every once in a while I might be confused between "carpool" and "carp pool", but not too often. And yet when I was born, English sounded just like the Finnish.
I was born in a hockey rink.
Or rather I had no idea where words started or stopped or even that there were words or maybe even that there was this thing called language that I should bother learning. Good lord, I was mostly just moving things in and out of various orifices without noticing.
How did I go from "oharentyousocuteyoulookjustlikeyourdaddywiththebignoseandpointyhead" to hearing nice cleanly divided words without blinking? Or if it was too easy to read that, then from "ahnixiangnidefuqinzhendehahanidebizihenda" to words?
That's the dissertation topic.