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by steewi
Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 358839

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Personally, I get annoyed by people trying to fit second declension Latin plurals onto arbitrary words, e.g. "octopi" (instead of "octopuses" or "octopodes"), "nexi" (instead of "nexuses" or "nexus"), and even "peni" (instead of ...
by steewi
Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 95642

Re: Obscure Language Game

A formosan language? EDIT: To be more specific, I'm gonna jump on a limb and say Tsou. I have no knowledge of Formosan languages so I'm most certainly wrong, but hey! Yep, it's a Formosan language, but not Tsou. I don't get a chance to visit that much at the moment, so the answer's in a spoiler: It...
by steewi
Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 95642

Re: Obscure Language Game

Nope. This language is spoken in East Asia, but not from a family that's usually associated with East Asia.
by steewi
Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Translation game
Replies: 7
Views: 3955

Re: Translation game

Cuando mi amigo ve a una mujer filete, se le cae mucha sangre de la nariz.

No quisiera dejarles en el campo de batalla, pero no había oportunidad de rescatarles.
by steewi
Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Translation game
Replies: 7
Views: 3955

Re: Translation game

El gato está dormiendo sobre mi cama.

Mi novio está muy lejos, pero me gustaría verlo mañana.
by steewi
Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 95642

Re: Obscure Language Game

The vowels and some of the consonants look Arabic, while a couple of the onsets (bnk and ng) look more Niger-Congo, and the space before the question mark suggests some French inspiration in the Romanization. Maybe Mande? The space before the question mark is incidental, I'm afraid, and it's not ro...
by steewi
Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 95642

Re: Obscure Language Game

A new one then:

Wal inu’ qu’ bnkis qasa la ? Wayal ini’ swayal qu’ tali’ shira’ lrwa, laxi qhl-iy la! Nyux qutux qhuniq lingay ngasalmu. Cyuxnya’ yut-un puniq misuw qani. Cyux ini’ plukus sayun na. Laxi bahuq lukus!
by steewi
Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 95642

Re: Obscure Language Game

It looks like it has some Balticness to it, but none of the 'big' Baltic languages. The spelling looks kind of old-fashioned, so I'm going to go with Prussian.
by steewi
Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Size-based intensity for written laughs
Replies: 13
Views: 7566

Re: Size-based intensity for written laughs

Chinese is pretty simple. They have a character for it: 哈 (conveniently pronounced and transliterated "ha"). Its typical use is two of them (哈哈), but it can be reduplicated ad nauseam for longer laughs. Before anyone asks, it's pretty much coincidence that the right hand half looks kind of...
by steewi
Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 95642

Re: Obscure Language Game

Wón je so na wčerawšim zeńdźenju hłowneho wuběrka w Podstupimje wobdźělił a naroki rady, zwjazane z nowelěrowanjom, rozłožił. W běhu zeńdźenja sej wón wuwědomi, zo njeje dźewjeć čłonow wuběrka zasadnje wo mjeńšinowych prawach w Europje wobhonjenych. Tak skedźbni jich na Europsku chartu regionalnych...
by steewi
Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 95642

Re: Obscure Language Game

The best I can come up with for the ones at the moment (without Googlecheating): at fravaxshyâ nû gûshôdûm nû sraotâ ýaêcâ asnât ýaêcâ dûrât ishathâ nû îm vîspâ cithrê zî mazdånghô-dûm nôit daibitîm dush-sastish ahûm merãshyât akâ varanâ dregvå hizvå âveretô My first guess is Old Persian, because of...
by steewi
Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Irregular/foreign plurals (Forums vs. Fora)
Replies: 79
Views: 16701

Re: Irregular/foreign plurals (Forums vs. Fora)

Arabic and Hebrew are definitely the champions of broken plurals, but Welsh (and the other Brythonic languages) are also pretty nasty when it comes to seemingly irregular plurals. One of the most common plural markers is -au/-iau (typically pronounced [aj]/[jaj]), but many words are just plain irreg...
by steewi
Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 95642

Re: Obscure Language Game

The other one looks like Malagasy to me. Dia nifampiresaka izy ireo hoe: “Andao isika hanao biriky ka handoro izany ao anaty lafaoro.” Koa biriky no nataony solom-bato, ary godorao no nataony solon-drihitra. Ary hoy izy ireo: “Andao isika hanorina tanàna sy hanangana tilikambo izay mahatakatra ny la...
by steewi
Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 95642

Re: Obscure wordy-writey-meaning-conveying-wibbly-wobbly stu

Sûyoe req gnin saentseqle dze zy dzŷyoe req, leleq tzengni theq djeuli laonxiaen dze iqliq bintên. Yîla zy fûyoeleq lîsîn theq liaensin req, bin inke î donpo req tzinzen wûsiaen têdê It doth look Sinitic in that it seems to be restricted in its initials and finals (but I ken not hwæt "gn"...
by steewi
Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 95642

Re: Obscure wordy-writey-meaning-conveying-wibbly-wobbly stu

gmalivuk wrote:Ainu?

Nope - a much bigger family. You may think of it as a dialect (and if that ain't a clue, I don't know what is).
by steewi
Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 95642

Re: Obscure Language Game

Then it must be Etruscan. Aren't you still talking about the one goofy said was IE? He said it was IE? Dammit. Must go back and check more frequently. I just cheated, because I knew I'd seen the text somewhere before. And now I feel like an idiot again. I had seen that particular text before, and I...
by steewi
Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 95642

Re: Obscure Language Game

The first one would have to be Abkhaz (AKA Apsny) Very close. It's Adyghe. The next one, my first guess would have been Oscan, so I'll go to my next one and say Umbrian. It's not Italic. Then it must be Etruscan. And the third one is Brahmic, not far from India, maybe an odd way to write Nepali? It...
by steewi
Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 95642

Re: Obscure Language Game

Тхьэм къыгъэкӀуагъэу, зы лӀы горэ дунаем къытехьагъ. Ащ ыцӀагъэр Иуан ары. Щыф пстэуми а нэфынэмкӀэ шӀошъхъуныгъэ яӀэ хъунм пае, Иуан нэфынэм шыхьат фэхъунэу шыхьатэу къэкӀуагъ. tiricantam bercunetacam tocoitoscue sarniciocue sua combalcez nelitom necue to uertaunei litom necue taunei litom necue m...
by steewi
Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 請你說一點兒中文!(Chinese Practice)
Replies: 149
Views: 429672

Re: 請你說一點兒中文!(Chinese Practice)

If it helps, it is written by Taiwanese people. No surprise there. Taiwanese tends to use some very Classical sounding structures, particularly on forms (which that obviously is), making it sound more educated. It's possible that it was influenced by Taiwanese (AKA Hokkien), but I don't really see ...
by steewi
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 請你說一點兒中文!(Chinese Practice)
Replies: 149
Views: 429672

Re: 請你說一點兒中文!(Chinese Practice)

是否為首次申請? Whether the first application? * 若非首次請填寫下一個問題,反之則不用 If not for the first time please fill out the next question,Otherwise you do not have. 若非首次的上次申請時間(大約即可) If not for the first time applications for the last time 可面試時間(以GMT+8時間為準) Can you interview time(Subject to the time in GMT +8) * Ca...
by steewi
Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 請你說一點兒中文!(Chinese Practice)
Replies: 149
Views: 429672

Re: 請你說一點兒中文!(Chinese Practice)

简体字 isn't that hard to get used to. It's what I was taught. I was coming across from having done Japanese, so I had that reaction for a while. Eventually, I just recognised them. Just like you'd get used to reading things in Fraktur; the printed word's weird but readable, but the handwriting is just...
by steewi
Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 請你說一點兒中文!(Chinese Practice)
Replies: 149
Views: 429672

Re: 請你說一點兒中文!(Chinese Practice)

1. The smart answer is none, because you don't need to know any to speak Chinese. To read, it depends what sort of things you're going to read. A functionally literate Chinese person knows more than about 1200 characters, but that's kind of like an English who can fill out forms and read a magazine,...
by steewi
Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Person/Persons/People
Replies: 11
Views: 3478

Re: Person/Persons/People

From a strictly functionalist perspective, "persons" is used in a formal business/government/media register to refer to discrete individuals. In a different register (e.g. casual speech, high society, etc.), "people" is used way more frequently. It's still restricted though. As f...
by steewi
Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Highest and lowest vowel density
Replies: 18
Views: 17057

Re: Highest and lowest vowel density

Spelling or phonologically? Phonologically, the densest you usually get is something like "strengths", which is /strɛŋθs/ CCCVCCC (where C is a consonant and V is a vowel). In terms of vowel:consonant ration (and assuming that we are not counting words composed entirely of vowels), the bes...
by steewi
Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Gradual Loss of Phonemes and Handling the Eventual Confusion
Replies: 11
Views: 10559

Re: Gradual Loss of Phonemes and Handling the Eventual Confu

Tropylium has it pretty much right as far as I'm concerned. I'll add that the loss of a distinction doesn't have to result in a different *segmental* contrast - it might head suprasegmental. Tone is a very common one (Vietnamese and Lhasa Tibetan, among others), but conceivably, autosegmental palata...
by steewi
Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words common to different languages with different meanings
Replies: 69
Views: 29361

Re: Words common to different languages with different meani

Despite knowing nothing about business, nor pastries, I've toyed with the idea of a combination kinky sex-shop cum bakery* called The House of Pain.

*that's conjunction-cum, not jizz-cum... that would be a cum-bakery, which would possibly feature as a speciality of the pastry side of things.
by steewi
Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Odd possessive pronouns
Replies: 23
Views: 6751

Re: Odd possessive pronouns

If you're after a usable written non-gender that doesn't sound inanimate, but don't fancy using the zie/hir or made up pronouns, make a deal that you write animate non-gender-specific pronouns with a capital letter (It,Its) and inanimate ones with a miniscule letter (it, its). Precedent is Modern Ch...
by steewi
Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: IPA information
Replies: 59
Views: 72593

Re: IPA information

Phonetics question here; on palatalization: (this may be a very basic concept, but for some reason, there's some confusion on my end here) would it be correct, incorrect, or partially correct to say that when a given consonant is palatalized, it is simply pronounced as normal, then followed immedia...
by steewi
Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Speak Devanese
Replies: 62
Views: 19681

Re: Speak Devanese

Familiar with concept. Called pro-drop. In Japanese, pretty normal, unless want to change or emphasise topic. Also common in very colloquial English. Something I do. But must put it in sometimes. Just in case forgotten who's speaking.
by steewi
Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why must we conjugate verbs in English?
Replies: 17
Views: 6575

Re: Why must we conjugate verbs in English?

expressions like "It is raining" and "It is important to brush your teeth" and "There is a book on the table". What is "it" in the first two? What is "there" in the last one? You have two different phenomena there. For "It is raining" and ...
by steewi
Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why must we conjugate verbs in English?
Replies: 17
Views: 6575

Re: Why must we conjugate verbs in English?

I've got things to make up for.

In the mean time, I acquired a boyfriend, graduated and (sadly) moved a long way away from said boyfriend for work.
by steewi
Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why must we conjugate verbs in English?
Replies: 17
Views: 6575

Re: Why must we conjugate verbs in English?

Explaining these things is kind of how I make a living. Well, that and go to meetings.
by steewi
Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Translations needed: Talk to Me in X
Replies: 30
Views: 11484

Re: Translations needed: Talk to Me in X

Mandarin Chinese: 跟我说中文! Gēn wǒ shuō zhōngwén! (For extra credit) Shanghainese: 跟我讲上海闲话! Gen ngu gaang zanghae ewo! (Shanghainese doesn't really have a standard romanisation, so it's best to stick to the characters. But then it's not written very often, either. It's pretty much only spoken, not writ...
by steewi
Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why must we conjugate verbs in English?
Replies: 17
Views: 6575

Re: Why must we conjugate verbs in English?

The best answer here is: redundancy. Some languages conjugate verbs, and if the conjugation system is efficient you don't have to supply a noun that says what the subject (or in some languages, object) is; when you can do that it's called a pro-drop language. We do it a little bit in very colloquial...
by steewi
Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8196
Views: 1055563

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread - Queer Support!

Yes, it's pretty normal in partner dance classes for people of the same gender to dance together or for someone to both lead and follow. I do both--because learning to lead helps my following. I can understand how frustrating that would be steewi, I'm a swing dancer, not sure what sort of dance you...
by steewi
Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Geek VS Nerd
Replies: 47
Views: 4949

Re: Geek VS Nerd

I also consider this relevant.
by steewi
Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8196
Views: 1055563

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread - Queer Support!

If they're straight, how come they want to dance with other guys...? When they're in a dance class with too many guys, someone has to switch. I switch dance genders (i.e. lead to follow) easily, so it's usually me. The advantage is that it's really the primary opportunity I get to dance with men. T...
by steewi
Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8196
Views: 1055563

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread - Queer Support!

Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink!

I like to meet fun, handsome and flirty men, and even dance with them, such as recently (about four or five of them...), but it sucks when they're all straight (and frequently, married). :?
by steewi
Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20862
Views: 2168335

Re: Postify your facerity

setzer777 wrote:Here's normal me

Here's me made up for Rocky Horror Picture Show:

:shock: Very neat. I like it.
by steewi
Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: what would you choose as your super power?
Replies: 636
Views: 57187

Re: Super-ish Powers

I'd like the ability to think about any item I own or have a connection to and know where it is. I'm terrible at losing things.

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