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What I don't understand is why I see so many people roleplaying kids who can't pronounce their "r"s.  Where does this come from?  Is that a standard or something?  I'm sincerely curious. 

 

eta: I don't mean to be critical of speech impediments - I had a serious lisp when I was a kid so there's no lack of understanding what that's like.  But I was the only one in my kindergarten class that had a problem with speech. Good times.  

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I think it's an assumption many people make, that young children can't pronounce certain letters. In truth it's something that most children grow out of pretty quickly, if they ever have it in the first place. Part of it probably comes from the fact that small children can be difficult to understand. They DO speak a little differently - different pitch, of course, many speak quickly, they might stumble over their words, or mispronouce or slur letters. Most of the time, though, it tends to be that they just don't enunciate as well as most adults, and often speak quickly. Even at 4, mispronouncing the "r" sound as a "w" in such a clear way could be a sign of a speech impediment. Some children grow out of it, some need therapy.

I think people write it that way because it's hard to slur or otherwise sound like a young child over IM. I would rather simply see childish language, but that's me. (All of this is simply my opinions, impressions, and experiences, of course.) The mispornounced "r" (and sometimes "l") does tend to be pretty standard for avatars playing somewhere in the 4-6 range, though.

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I have been roleplaying a kid for many years in one account or another and have never used this type of moronic and very annoying type of speech. In SL we roleplay, we do our best to represent our character as best as possible but typing like a moron (sorry if I offend anyone but this type of speech really annoys me) is not necessary, I mean if you are roleplaying a dog for example do you howl or do you actually type out clearly what you want to say?

Furthermore, my biggest pet peeve is child avatars who do not know where the right place and the right time to roleplay is. For example, a public forum is not the place to be IC. You will never see me posting here IC, common sense tells you that a place like this is a place where you simply have to communicate OOC. 

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I generally leave people to their own, in terms of rolpeplay. If I don't like it, I stay out of it, or mute them if necessary. But when it comes to a public forum, I completely agree - it's not really appropriate to post in character in a public forum full of a bunch of people who don't necessarily want to participate in your roleplay.

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The ickle speak is an immersion thing, not a literalist thing.

For the OP: if your avi/character is older than 5, sign up for Hard Knock Elementary -as a kid avi that's how I met most of the kid avis I knew. Good luck and don't sweat the petty stuff (or posters ;))

 

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Darren Scorpio wrote: “... a public forum is not the place to be IC...”

Indeed, but in this case it could be that Hanna /Chloe isn't so much actually roleplaying for the rest of us, as advertising her roleplaying skills for those who'd be interested in 'fwiending' her :smileyvery-happy:

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My roleplay age is eight.  I don't bother with childspeak because eight year olds don't use it.  I blurt my thoughts out in SL, am blunt at times and make up eccentric explanations of why I think things are the way they are.  Even a real six year old would not use childspeak; the majority pronounce their sounds correctly and the only major thing they do is to get their irregular verb endings wrong - "runned", "finded", "sayed", "bringed" etc.  I've met plenty of childspeak kids and, although it's not my thing, it does not bother me.

I've met the Original Poster inworld and chatted with her.  She's a smart cookie.

I thought "I know that name!" when I saw she had posted a thread asking for advice about how to speak and that she stated that she would prefer replies from curmudgeons.

Oh.  Hang on,  She didn't.

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