Wednesday, March 18, 1998 at 16:21:16
Wonderful um idea ... no, really ... Have you studied any Beavis & Butthead scripts?
I've been living in Japan for the last ten years and have seen only a couple episodes of Beavis & Butthead when my brother brought a video recording on a visit (but took it back home afterward...). I hadn't thought about it before but as I recall those two characters use filled pauses frequently. I should probably take a look at some scripts if possible. Ideally, I would prefer to listen to the audio, but living in Japan makes that a little difficult.
I am sorry to say that I do not know where you could find any written scripts ... however the show is more than likely seen in Japan. It is really a horrible show but for some reason has become tremendously popular even with people who should know better. Perhaps BECAUSE it is so grossly illiterate, people laugh ....
Whatever the reason, B&B illustrates (MOST dramatically) "modern" American teenage speech patterns ... er..ah ... better make that singular ... 'cause..like..ah..they .. ya know..ah..only..ah..like..have..one..I guess.....whatever.
You are rigth that B & B is broadcast here in Japan. However, it is shown only on broadcast satellite (what they call 'BS', ha ha...) TV to which I do not subscribe. Furthermore, it has been dubbed into Japanese. And, as you can imagine, a lot is lost in the translation. This summer I will visit the US for a few weeks so I might try to record a few episodes that I can bring back for study. If, however, you do happen across a site with transcripts I would really appreciate it.
Actually..., B&B may prove to be **BETTER** over-dubbed into Japanese. I use the word, "better" advisedly. The show is really quite annoying and without any redeeming content to my way to thinking, but for some reason has become astoundingly popular. I would suspect that done in Japanese the show might actually have some entertainment value.
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