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by AndrewT
Thu May 20, 2010 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Should have / Should had
Replies: 58
Views: 23399

Re: Should have / Should had

I imagine the confusion comes from elision in rapid speech, where the "v" in "have" is entirely gone (at least in my dialect). "I should have done it" would come out as "I shoulda done it" , which could easily be reparsed as "I should had done it". I...
by AndrewT
Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Supper or Dinner?
Replies: 55
Views: 8885

Re: Supper or Dinner?

To me "supper" sounds kind of "old" to me, in the sense that I remember hearing it mostly when I was young. That would be when I lived in Pittsburgh, but since then I've heard "dinner" pretty exclusively (Northern VA and Arkansas, although most of the people I talk to i...
by AndrewT
Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Modal verb future tense?
Replies: 13
Views: 4210

Re: Modal verb future tense?

In slang there's always the "might could" construction, even pretty much everyone I've heard use it does so tongue in cheek.

"I might could have me some food tonight"
by AndrewT
Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best Writing System?
Replies: 60
Views: 43068

Re: Best Writing System?

I do love a script which hints at meaning/grammatical features but it always bothered me that Japanese, a language which doesn't have as huge a variation in pronunciation as Chinese, and which uses not one but two phonetic systems still uses kanji. I mean surely even roumaji with pitch accent marke...
by AndrewT
Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best Writing System?
Replies: 60
Views: 43068

Re: Best Writing System?

The writing system is customized for the Japanese language specifically, and as such can be used to great effect with written Japanese And what effect, specifically? Besides the effect I noted in my first post, the use of ideographs mixed in with phonetic writing allows for easy parsing with minima...
by AndrewT
Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best Writing System?
Replies: 60
Views: 43068

Re: Best Writing System?

Do you not think it a little silly that an orthography requires an auxiliary system to help the vast majority of its adult, "literate" users to understand it? That's a pretty huge negative in my eyes. (I confess, part of my bias against sinographs stems from a frustration with their poten...
by AndrewT
Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Best Writing System?
Replies: 60
Views: 43068

Re: Best Writing System?

If you're talking about adaptability and ease of use, then Hangul and the Greek-derived alphabets would probably be some of the only choices for a majority of the world's major languages. As far as the Asian writing systems, I think you're a bit off by putting the Chinese ahead of Kanji/Kana on the ...
by AndrewT
Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Your and You're
Replies: 66
Views: 6550

Re: Your and You're

Sometimes I notice that when I'm typing fast my fingers will type homophones in from muscle memory. I've even made unintentional your/you're mistakes before (although I managed to catch them before hitting "send"!)
by AndrewT
Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Pointlessly adding 's' to the ends of words
Replies: 44
Views: 7168

Re: Pointlessly adding 's' to the end of words

I suppose it's (unintentionally I'm sure) a parallel to styles like The Beatles' Come Together, where plurals and other grammatical -s endings are dropped.
by AndrewT
Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Typical Names
Replies: 20
Views: 3599

Re: Typical Names

Sheikh al-Majaneen wrote: And in Australia is Joey Joe-Joe Junior Shabadoo.


Is that actually true? Or did you just want to make a Simpsons reference? :)
by AndrewT
Sun Mar 07, 2010 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Plural You
Replies: 48
Views: 5516

Re: Plural You

I'm not native to the southern US, but I've lived in the south for while (in Texas and Arkansas), and "y'all aren't" doesn't sound wrong. For most people who use "y'all", it's both polite and informal (although still avoided in writing), so it would be polite to use "y'all a...
by AndrewT
Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: I wonder how many 1 syllable words...
Replies: 7
Views: 4178

Re: I wonder how many 1 syllable words...

Seems like you could do it systematically for a particular language, assuming you're only counting the phonetic structure (i.e. all homophones would count as the same word). First you make a list of all the sounds the language has, then you need to know a few rules about consonant and vowel function...
by AndrewT
Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is it just me, or is this a stupid rule?
Replies: 19
Views: 3288

Re: Is it just me, or is this a stupid rule?

It sounds to me like the teacher's giving this rule to avoid sentences like "The man was tall" or "it was hot outside" and get the students to say things more like "The man stood as tall as a door" and "the summer heat parched the small town". If that were ind...
by AndrewT
Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is it just me, or is this a stupid rule?
Replies: 19
Views: 3288

Re: Is it just me, or is this a stupid rule?

I agree, passive voice should be used more (har har)! I was actually quite shocked when I heard a teacher in high school say to avoid using the passive voice. I found it had the opposite effect, i.e. that it made things sound new and fresh. I guess I was never exposed to it being over-used.
by AndrewT
Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Neography subreddit
Replies: 4
Views: 1278

Re: Neography subreddit

Hahah, I love learning about writing systems. The Omniglot page was fascinating. I particularly enjoyed http://omniglot.com/writing/gernreich.htm
by AndrewT
Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Neography subreddit
Replies: 4
Views: 1278

Re: Neography subreddit

I'll have to check into this further. I invented a neography script a long time ago by creatively reinterpreting the Roman alphabet (I'd write a letter fairly quickly, then try to look at the shape through the eyes of someone who didn't read Roman and then recopy it, repeating the process until it l...
by AndrewT
Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "off of"
Replies: 80
Views: 13353

Re: "off of"

"off of" sounds silly unless you pronounce it right. i.e., 'awf ov'. In the same way one says 'there is not enough room in the room' with the first oo pronounced as in 'good', and the second as in 'doom'. I'd pronounce them both as in "doom". Sorry for the zombie thread, but I f...
by AndrewT
Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Off of
Replies: 2
Views: 929

Re: Off of

In my dialect of English it's perfectly grammatical to say "Turn left off of Main Street" or "Get off of my rug!" (though "Get off my rug!" is also grammatical, but I have a feeling that's more from the "of" eroding away in casual speech). I've never heard of ...
by AndrewT
Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nuuuuuuuuuuance
Replies: 5
Views: 1425

Re: Nuuuuuuuuuuance

Fuck internet nuance, even when I say exactly what I mean, people add their own biases to it and change the fucking meaning of what I said. You take that back! My mother was a saint! Anyways, showing nuance on the internet is something of an artform. I've known some people who can do it really well...
by AndrewT
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352702

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ochocinco

The first paragraph explains it much more neutrally than I probably would have.
by AndrewT
Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Anyways: Evil or Not
Replies: 26
Views: 3804

Re: Anyways: Evil or Not

Speaking of which, does your friend that objects to "anyways" also object to synonymous phrases like "in any case"? Would be interesting to see if their objection is to the particular word, or its function.
by AndrewT
Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Anyways: Evil or Not
Replies: 26
Views: 3804

Re: Anyways: Evil or Not

I can understand people who find it too informal to use in writing. However I can't think of any thing that would be unclear or offensive about using it informally, unless this person feels compelled to follow formal writing guidelines in everyday speech. I haven't heard of any controversy around &q...
by AndrewT
Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Man vs Girl
Replies: 114
Views: 13942

Re: Man vs Girl

It seems to me that what Makri said is the same thing you're trying to say. "Nigger" is insulting because of a convention, i.e. the way white supremacists use it, whereas "girl" is insulting because it has other connotations, i.e. other shades of meaning that are unflattering. I ...
by AndrewT
Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hijinks
Replies: 5
Views: 1437

Re: Hijinks

It's usually used in a pretty vague sense, not really indicating specific kinds of activities. You know those kids in school who were popular, but would always get into trouble? It's the kind of thing they'd do.
by AndrewT
Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Man vs Girl
Replies: 114
Views: 13942

Re: Man vs Girl

I think the difference between vocative "man" and "woman" stems from the way "man" is used. I don't think "man" in the vocative sense is really meant to address the person spoken to, but rather to soften a statement that might be perceived as being overly hars...
by AndrewT
Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Man vs Girl
Replies: 114
Views: 13942

Re: Man vs Girl

Saying "good girl" in that situation sounds very much like the way you would address a pet, which seems very unprofessional. I would be offended at "good boy" as well.
by AndrewT
Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Man vs Girl
Replies: 114
Views: 13942

Re: Man vs Girl

For what it's worth, in my dialect (northern midwest American), using "men" and "girls" for the same social and age group sounds weird. To me, the counterpart to a grown female that you would call a "girl" is a "guy", although "guys" is used as gende...
by AndrewT
Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Studying phonetics: how to learn forming sounds?
Replies: 28
Views: 4965

Re: Studying phonetics: how to learn forming sounds?

I think having some musical training definitely does help. To me, learning an accent is very similar to perfecting your tone on a musical instrument. FIrst you have to train your ear well enough to be able to detect the subtle differences between what you hear a professional (i.e. native speaker) do...
by AndrewT
Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Thee vs thou
Replies: 4
Views: 2996

Re: Thee vs thou

Another tip for deciphering the subject/object relations in questions is to "undo" the changed word order and make it act like a declarative statement: Thou must be tied to whom?
by AndrewT
Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 174943

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

So it's basically a stronger word for "nice"? I could see that having some useful applications.
by AndrewT
Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Studying phonetics: how to learn forming sounds?
Replies: 28
Views: 4965

Re: Studying phonetics: how to learn forming sounds?

How is this problem handled in the academic community? Is there a soundproofed room in linguistics departments, where researchers of phonetics can go to practice the pronunciation of exotic sounds without fear of getting overheard and laughed at? (OK, I know that's not true -- I've spent all day lo...
by AndrewT
Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Infinitives without "to"
Replies: 25
Views: 4755

Re: Infinitives without "to"

Thanks for the replies. To be a bit more clear (at least to people who are familiar with Romance languages), I was talking about situations where a literal translation into Spanish would use an infinitive form. I think the sentence I was thinking of was something that used "should" or &quo...
by AndrewT
Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Infinitives without "to"
Replies: 25
Views: 4755

Re: Infinitives without "to"

Thanks, that definitely helps, although it'll still bug me that I can't remember the sentence to see which of the other criteria it met.
by AndrewT
Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Infinitives without "to"
Replies: 25
Views: 4755

Infinitives without "to"

Hello everyone, I'm new here, but have been enjoying lurking for a while. My roommate is from Peru, and I've been helping his parents learn English (my roommate speaks fluent English, but still as a second language). Since I've studied some linguistics I'm usually able to answer their questions abou...
by AndrewT
Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2415357

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hello everyone My name's Andrew and I've been a long time fan of the comics, so I figured I'd make a forum account to hang out with other fans. I recently got a Master's Degree in music performance (in viola, but I also play a variety of other stringed instruments). Aside from music I love languages...

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