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by Derek
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 172925

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

I'm curious as to how people conjugate "blend". I tend to use "blent" as the past and the past participle, and "blended" sounds quite odd, but everyone else I've consulted tells me they always say "blended" and have never even heard "blent" before. ...
by Derek
Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 288957

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I think that's the first time I've heard of a merry-Murray merger.
by Derek
Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1991
Views: 487675

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I live in Cleveland and can't recall ever hearing it. I asked my brother and he's never heard it either. From what I've read online, the phrase seems narrowly focused in PA, especially Pittsburgh, though with occasional smatterings elsewhere in the Midwest (a few people mentioned Columbus, for exam...
by Derek
Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 288957

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Lazar wrote:I say it as "beet-root", with both /t/s unreleased.

Agreed, and the first /t/ does not undergo the palatalization that I would have before /r/ in words like "tree" and "true".
by Derek
Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 288957

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Mega85 wrote:How do you pronounce the "jam" in "pajamas", with the "ah" sound or like the word "jam"? I pronounce it with the "ah" sound.

"ah"
by Derek
Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 172925

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

The ergative isn't too strange in English. Consider for instance "I started the engine and the engine started," or "I broke the window and the window broke." It's definitely not standard though. I was saying that this particular use of "reduces" is strange, not ergativ...
by Derek
Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 172925

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

"Want a" pronounced as "wanna" is definitely common. I don't think I would say "tryna", though I've definitely heard it. For me it would be more like "trynta", or just "tryin' ta". I have the pin-pen merger where [ɛ] is raised to [ɪ] before nasals, h...
by Derek
Fri Jul 29, 2016 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 288957

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Mega85 wrote:I do however pronounce "really" as "rilly".

Agreed, unless I'm emphasizing it.
by Derek
Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 124452

Re: "par", "pair", "peer", "pour" and "tour".

And of course, just for variety's sake, it is entirely different in nonrhotic dialects, such as my own (NW England) : par [pʰɑː] pair [pʰɛː] peer [pʰɪː] pour [pʰoː] purr [pʰəː] poor [pʰoː ~ pʰɵː] (casual ~ careful) For reference, my vowel inventory: Short Vowels /a/ TRAP-BATH /ɛ/ DRESS /ɪ/ KIT /ɔ/ ...
by Derek
Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 338
Views: 159834

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

Lazar wrote:I think it's associated with Pittsburgh – which isn't officially part of the Midwest, but in cultural and linguistic terms is arguably more Midwestern than Northeastern.

Pittsburgh (both geographically and dialectically) sits at the intersection of the midwest, northeast, and Appalachia.
by Derek
Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Planned obsolescence and the best computer ever
Replies: 10
Views: 10243

Re: Planned obsolescence and the best computer ever

What do you actually plan to do with such a computer? Is it just for the novelty?
by Derek
Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 338
Views: 159834

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

jaap wrote:Edit:
There is also a kind of opposite version, apparently used mostly in the North and in Scotland - "Your lawn needs mowed".

This is very common around Pittsburgh, where I live now.
by Derek
Wed Jul 20, 2016 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1991
Views: 487675

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

A syllable is a unit of sound, not spelling. The longest English monosyllables in use are "scrimped", "scrimps", "sprints", "squints", "strengths" (CCCVCCC) and "twelfths" (CCVCCCC), and the longest ones permissible by English phonotactics...
by Derek
Wed Jul 20, 2016 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 124452

Re: Many people apparently think there's a [g] sound in words like "sing" and "thing".

When I was training for a TEFL course a few years back I was reading an English pronunciation guide that mentioned in most English dialects 'singer' and 'finger' don't really rhyme because of the ng coalescence in the former. It totally blew my mind; how could any one possibly pronounce singer in a...
by Derek
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 40060

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey?

Well the coup's timing is certainly strange. Why would you attempt a coup when the president is out of the country? That pretty much guarantees that you can't capture him, and that he'll be able to rally support. Which is exactly what happened. It's pretty common. When the ruler is out of the count...
by Derek
Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Trisecting an angle
Replies: 63
Views: 11874

Re: Trisecting an angle

What that means is: If there exist two polynomials - let's name them P1 and P2 - such that P1(t)*P2(t) = 4t^3 − 3t − cos(θ) and all coefficients of those polynomials are in Q(cos(θ)) than the angle θ is trisectable. Q(cos(θ)) is defined as: {a + b*cos(θ) | a, b ∈ Q} There really isn't any nice way ...
by Derek
Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sortition (split from 2016 US Presidential Election)
Replies: 70
Views: 17791

Re: Sortition (split from 2016 US Presidential Election)

Full time jurists would be rarer and much better compensated. They'd also have time and other resources for research and learning whatever background is relevant. The researchers would end up running the jurists, or the jurists would ignore them. That is my first thought. But it depends on the setu...
by Derek
Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 40060

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey?

The US has been a failure of democracy for thirty years. See, now here is the stupid part of your post, because this implies that the US was not a failure of democracy 30 years ago, and that it has gotten worse. There are plenty of valid criticisms you can make about democracy in the US, but "...
by Derek
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 8823

Re: My wife and I's...

Is there some non-accusative context in which "me" is unambiguously correct to use? When it's part of a prepositional phrase? "Give the cookies to me." "This is a cookie from me." "Throw a cookie at me." That's still an object though, and English is not gener...
by Derek
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 8823

Re: My wife and I's...

That's interesting. If it's true that "me" is not just accusative but also default, then that would indeed solve the problem. What evidence do we have that it's the default form? I suppose children are more likely to make the error "me want cookies!" than "give I cookies!&q...
by Derek
Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 288957

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Another possibility is that he just needed to rhyme "drawers" with "the law". It's not an AAVE thing, it's a southern thing. The [ˈdɹɒːz] pronunciation isn't that rare. While I definitely believe that (AAVE is very similar to Southern in many respects), I've never heard that pron...
by Derek
Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 338
Views: 159834

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

and the increasing (according to my own observations which could be false or biased) frequency of mistakes in newspapers, signs, advertising, online content etc. The Grauniad didn't get it's name recently. This is not a new phenomenon. I (from the U.S.) use "wasp" as a general term for a ...
by Derek
Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 124452

Re: Pronunciation of "aur" words like "aura", "aural", "Laura", "Lauren" and "laurel".

"Aural" with "or".
"Aura", "Laura", and "Lauren" with "or" or "are".
"Laurel" with "are".
by Derek
Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4413
Views: 819724

Re: Anime Thread of Doom

Spirited Away remains my favorite Miyazaki. Porco Rosso is probably my second.
by Derek
Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1991
Views: 487675

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

In British English we would refer to the most successful team/athlete - "winningest" sounds childlike and nonsensical. "Winningest" has a very specific meaning. It is the greatest number of wins. "Most successful" is far more vague, there are many ways to measure succe...
by Derek
Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 338
Views: 159834

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

CharlieP wrote:and in which decade will "your" be an abbreviation for "you are"?

Never. That's a misspelling, not a grammar error.
by Derek
Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 256164

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, Cameron to resign by October]

Frankly, the best case scenario I'm hoping for now is Boris becomes PM, and we get a deal that is much like Norway's deal, in that it includes the single market and free movement of people. We'll have to pay into the EU to get that though. And we won't be able to vote on anything. Hard to see the b...
by Derek
Sat Jun 25, 2016 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What do you think about Truespel and Fanetik?
Replies: 10
Views: 4422

Re: What do you think about Truespel and Fanetik?

eSOANEM wrote:Also, what on earth is up with spelling "sing" "seeng"? <ee> almost always represents /i:/ but the <i> in sing is /ɪ/ in pretty much every dialect I know (I'd have thought even in pin-pen merging ones).

We were discussing this recently in the pronunciation thread.
by Derek
Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 256164

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, Cameron to resign by October]

Angua wrote:Brexit could be followed by Grexit, dePartugal, Italeave, Chekout, Outstria, Finnish, Latervia and Byegium. Looks like only Romainia will stay.

I've seen this like half a dozen times today. Though Romainia (or Remainia, I think that sounds better) is new.
by Derek
Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 256164

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, Cameron to resign by October]

Britain will certainly have a worse trade deal with the EU than they had before, but they will try to make up for it by making better deals with other nations, especially the Commonwealth, that they could not previously negotiate with independently. So the question becomes, how badly will the EU wan...
by Derek
Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 288957

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Lazar wrote:I say it as [jæ], or maybe [jæǝ].

Same.

Mega85 wrote:How do you pronounce "catch"? I pronounce it more like "ketch".

With an æ.
by Derek
Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1991
Views: 487675

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I've wondered why our spelling doesn't distinguish between the present and past senses of "read" even though it does so for "lead", which seems to be perfectly analogous. I mean, sure, the past tense form would then coincide with the color term "red", but I think that ...
by Derek
Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 338
Views: 159834

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

bigglesworth wrote:The other person is put first in these constructions (you and I) for politeness' sake. It's a cultural, rather than grammatical part of English.

I disagree. That may have originally been the case, or it may be a post hoc explanation, but either way I think it's a grammatical rule now.
by Derek
Tue Jun 21, 2016 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 338
Views: 159834

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

Hey guys, just stopping by to thank everyone who cleared my doubt. However, I have another, unrelated one : Is it ever OK to say, for example, "My friends and me" instead of "My friends and I" ? I understand that the correct way uses the I , but does it exist a case where "...
by Derek
Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 338
Views: 159834

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

Yes, singular they for unspecified subjects regardless of gender seems to be well established. That's what I meant by "the real debate is over...", I don't think any descriptivist would question singular they for unspecified subjects, but for specific subjects it's still pretty questionabl...
by Derek
Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 8823

Re: My wife and I's...

I think I actually prefer "My wife and I's", though I have stumbled on such phrases myself many times and produced "My wife and my", but I think that sounds stilted.
by Derek
Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 338
Views: 159834

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

It's very common, though frowned upon by prescriptivists, for unspecified or hypothetical persons, like Thunk said. The real debate is over usage with clearly specified subjects, of unknown or intentionally unspecified gender. So "A student should have their affairs in order" is very commo...
by Derek
Mon May 30, 2016 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1686: "Feel Old"
Replies: 42
Views: 9274

Re: 1686: "Feel Old"

There are apparently people my age (33) who remember the fall of the Berlin wall. I vaguely remember it being on The Chipmunks, but not the event itself. In fact, I didn't even understand The Chipmunks episode at the time. The first historical event that I remember in itself was the 1996 Federal El...
by Derek
Sat May 28, 2016 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1686: "Feel Old"
Replies: 42
Views: 9274

Re: 1686: "Feel Old"

I have a friend exactly like this. He's excited to vote in his first election. This thought occurred to me recently, and I asked him if he remembers 9/11. He said he said he only vaguely remember it (I think he's 19 or 20 now).
by Derek
Fri May 27, 2016 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why is insertion sort O(N^2) ?
Replies: 7
Views: 6916

Re: Why is insertion sort O(N^2) ?

This leads to N tail recursive calls. As I understand it, the argument that the algorithm has O(N^2) complexity comes from the assumption that the Insert function runs in O(N) worst case. But shouldn't you be able to write an insert function that runs in O(Log N) time, since Insert is only called w...

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