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by stevekl
Sat Mar 29, 2008 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Cool music videos
Replies: 114
Views: 16930

Re: Cool music videos

The new Utah Saints video is out, and it rocks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMLCrzy9TEs
by stevekl
Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: IPA information
Replies: 59
Views: 87240

Re: IPA information

Why on Earth would anyone want a (presumably English) vowel chart that *didn't* include that most common of English vowel sounds? It's not a tattoo of English vowel sounds. What's considered a vowel in English is actually rendered as a diphthong in the IPA anyway : the "a" in "paste&...
by stevekl
Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Look Ma, no vowels!
Replies: 20
Views: 4675

Re: Look Ma, no vowels!

My last phonology class was 15 years ago, so I'll defer the technical explanation to a more recent linguistics grad student.... :D
by stevekl
Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Look Ma, no vowels!
Replies: 20
Views: 4675

Re: Look Ma, no vowels!

Along these lines, what makes a letter a vowel or a consonant? Because your first grade teacher said so. Seriously though, with vowel sounds, airflow isn't blocked. And there's more to phonetics than vowels and consonants -- there's a whole continuum of speech sounds, from where airflow is complete...
by stevekl
Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: IPA information
Replies: 59
Views: 87240

Re: IPA information

I have a phonetic vowel chart, including a 'schwa' tattooed on my back. It's 15 years old and two-color; I should really get it touched up or redone.
by stevekl
Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Look Ma, no vowels!
Replies: 20
Views: 4675

Re: Look Ma, no vowels!

On some webpage, I found vlk vtrhl v tvrz skrz vrch -- roughly "The wolf broke into the fortress through the hill". 'l' and 'r' are liquids, and basically they act the same in English -- except orthographically English always throws in a vowel so English speakers perceive the word has havi...
by stevekl
Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Saying "rabbit" in other languages
Replies: 74
Views: 28417

Re: Saying "rabbit" in other languages

I have a question though, what is palatalization? A palatal consonant is one that is articulated with the front of the tongue against the hard palate. Palatalization is the articulation of sound in this manner. If you palatalize a consonant such as [t], what comes out is something like the 't' soun...
by stevekl
Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Saying "rabbit" in other languages
Replies: 74
Views: 28417

Re: Saying "rabbit" in other languages

So some medieval Polish scribe was translating a German book, and saw the word küniklin . Naturally, he thought it meant "little king", and so translated it as królik ("little king" in Polish). Then Czech, Russian, Ukrainian etc. all borrowed the Polish word some years later. Wh...
by stevekl
Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Saying "rabbit" in other languages
Replies: 74
Views: 28417

Re: Saying "rabbit" in other languages

Well the fact that Russian and Czech both do that isn't surprising as they're both Slavic languages and a good deal of their word stock is related. The Welsh thing doesn't exhibit this phenomenon at all : it just *looks* like something that *could* have a connection, but upon closer examination, doe...
by stevekl
Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mluvíme česky! (Czech practice)
Replies: 10
Views: 5209

Re: Mluvíme česky! (Czech practice)

Well, there are seven cases for the nouns, including the vocative, more than most other Slavic languages, but on the other hand, when you learn the vocative, you go around for the next few weeks addressing inanimate objects and bugs, which is pretty cool. My problem is that I know the grammar, but m...
by stevekl
Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Saying "rabbit" in other languages
Replies: 74
Views: 28417

Re: Saying "rabbit" in other languages

This is why language is cool. The Welsh words look enough like other languages' words for "king" (like German König ). The Czech word for king is král -- and ek/ik is a dimunitive, so possibly "rabbit" - králik - might be "little king". Not having a Czech etymological d...
by stevekl
Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Saying "rabbit" in other languages
Replies: 74
Views: 28417

Re: Saying "rabbit" in other languages

In Czech, it's králik, you can see the similarity to the Russian above. I remember this word from the wonderful version of Alice in Wonderland by Jan Svankmeyer a stop-action animator and the director of recent Oscar winner Little Otik . (I think it's called Alenka -- nope, IMDB says Neco z Alenky ,...
by stevekl
Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mluvíme česky! (Czech practice)
Replies: 10
Views: 5209

Mluvíme česky! (Czech practice)

Mluvíš česky? Chceš hovořit?
by stevekl
Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1991
Views: 486629

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Utilize annoys me. Why not just use use ? I first learned how to edit as a word processor for a mortgage banker, of all places -- the CEO hated blather and puffery and insisted that all the letters that the word processors transcribed via DictaPhone be severely edited. (Yeah, no one in the company ...
by stevekl
Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 139775

Re: Words you love.

I'm fond of mellifluous.
by stevekl
Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What is your favourite animal to eat?
Replies: 95
Views: 11582

Re: What is your favourite animal to eat?

Pig, pig, pig, all kinds of pig. Bacon, pork, pork rinds. I was a vegetarian for a year, and pig was my undoing.

Oh me yarm. If you responded "pig" and you live in the Boston area, on Gargoyle's new menu there's an entree which features pig four ways. YUM. I just had it tonight.
by stevekl
Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2377950

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi, Steve, 41; been reading the comic sporadically for a while and only today realized there was all of this, too. Yet another person in the Boston area, although I grew up in Michigan and lived in Chicago for quite a while.
by stevekl
Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Best Concert You've Been To
Replies: 334
Views: 35804

Re: Best Concert You've Been To

An ADULT. concert in Detroit at the Magic Stick about 2 years ago. I've seen them a lot, but seeing them in their home town was just electrically magic. About 10 years ago I saw Siddal play at either the Middle East or TTs in Cambridge, and there was one point where the music was so ethereal I felt ...
by stevekl
Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 47316

Re: Books that made you cry

I've cried a fair amount when reading, but the only time I cried when I hadn't expected to was when reading The Hotel New Hampshire. The part where two members die in the plane crash came so suddenly and out of the blue that I just spontaneously burst into tears. I think I also cried reading most of...
by stevekl
Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 478141

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Right now I'm in the middle of Douglas Coupland's Miss Wyoming and I just finished Hilary Mantel's Beyond Black.
by stevekl
Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Childhood misconceptions
Replies: 868
Views: 107172

Re: Childhood misconceptions

1. In the early-mid 70s, when it looked like the US might actually go over to the metric system, I was in the back seat of my neighbor's car listening to the adults talk. I was in second or third grade. I overheard one of them say that instead of cups, we'd have liters, and I thought that a whole sl...
by stevekl
Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What college did YOU go to?
Replies: 42
Views: 4463

Re: What college did YOU go to?

I've attended Michigan State University, Northwestern, and University of Chicago, but the only one I actually have a degree from is Northwestern.
by stevekl
Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0256: "Online Communities"
Replies: 318
Views: 114744

Re: Re:

Had to register to say: "Yay for Qwghlm!" "me too" I've been finally reading the Baroque Cycle while marooned away from computer, and it's been long enough since i've read cryptonomicon, and I'm lazy, so it's only just now that I googled qwghlm which brought me back to this thre...

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