Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 07:44:52 -0500
From: Jose Adolfo Segura segura[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CAM.ORG
Subject: Re: Accent Reduction Therapy - Yoruba

On Wed, 11 Mar 1998, VicJBurke wrote:

My first request to this list serve. Hope my question is appropriate for
membership! Thank you ahead of time.

Requesting assistance. Working with a highly motivated individual from
Nigeria whose native language was Yoruba. Medical professional with a high-
profile job who must communicate important information to his patients.

Our biggest problem (surprise) is "r" particularly in the following context:
earth, birthday, bird, fur, etc...

Will appreciate any and all suggestions!

Hi Vichi,
I am not linguistic but etnopsychiatrist, so I need more details about
cultural background, migration trayectory and his actual position and
attitude face to his country of adoption . In others words , I need the
"context" in which sign or symptom is manifested.
Curiously the words you note are symbolically very meaningful :
the Earth [of origins]
Birthday (!)
Bird ,...[ Liberty too (?)]
Fur , .....[simbolically meaningful , in terms of "enveloppe", ]

I could associate a lot but if you prefer you could give me details on
private basis. I do not know particularly Yoruba culture, but it would a
very good occasion for me to study a little.
Remember, that any where we go we travel with our "cultural matrix"
no matter which the social-class background is. There are a lot of
interesting theoretical and clinical experience about that,


Jose Adolfo Segura md