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by cntrational
Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1500: Upside-Down Map
Replies: 128
Views: 17761

Re: 1500: Upside-Down Map

I find your lack of antarctica disturbing. Would've been funny to see a perfectly circular continent with a janky sea in the middle. As for Éire, I believe that's the Irish language name for it, so using it in English is arguably a bit like saying "I'm going on a business trip to Deutschland&q...
by cntrational
Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: My attempt at an text adventure blog.
Replies: 0
Views: 5318

My attempt at an text adventure blog.

Someone on Foonetic suggested I post here, so here. A simulation of a text adventure game on a blog. First post here.
by cntrational
Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4373
Views: 656445

Re: Anime Thread of Doom

Marathon finished Space Battleship Yamato 2199.

Incredible.
by cntrational
Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Specific Rim
Replies: 121
Views: 29515

Re: Specific Rim

You guys didn't mention one of the best things, more than the sequel:

Pacific Rim Animated Series! Likely to be a prequel!
by cntrational
Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language practice threads
Replies: 144
Views: 113659

Re: Language practice threads [new: Korean]

Would anybody be interested in a Novial thread? Not particularly a fan of auxlangs, but I think it's a pretty language.
by cntrational
Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Concise writing
Replies: 23
Views: 3969

Re: Concise writing

Orwell is condemning things like "collateral damage" or "downsizing" instead of "civilian deaths" and "firings" -- wishy washy language. But he confuses it with conciseness. Conciseness is a way to avoid wishy washyness, but it isn't the only way.
by cntrational
Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Tips and Resources for Learning Any Language
Replies: 8
Views: 2893

Re: Tips and Resources for Learning Any Language

Oh yeah, how did I forget AJATT?

http://www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/bl ... to-fluency

It's written for learning Japanese, but can be used for any language.
by cntrational
Fri May 27, 2011 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Tips and Resources for Learning Any Language
Replies: 8
Views: 2893

Re: Tips and Resources for Learning Any Language

http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/forum/

This forum is all about learning multiple languages.
by cntrational
Tue May 24, 2011 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Constructing a language
Replies: 33
Views: 5384

Re: Constructing a language

the page which you posted only argues against the first one A completely phonetic alphabet with only 1 case A consistent grammatical structure Minimal manipulation of words in different contexts (For example, appending a prefix or suffix to indicate a certain context , rather than changing the word...
by cntrational
Tue May 24, 2011 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Reading test for 6 year olds to include non-words
Replies: 49
Views: 7590

Re: Reading test for 6 year olds to include non-words

Well, his algorithm got 59% really right and 85% right if you don't count these alleged "minor errors". Honestly, 60% accuracy really isn't impressive for an orthographic system, considering how many achieve 100%. Hmm... Fair enough. But see this bit from the page: Many of the errors are ...
by cntrational
Sat May 21, 2011 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Constructing a language
Replies: 33
Views: 5384

Re: Constructing a language

I'd say Esperanto gets pretty close to most of these goals No. Lojban might interest you, but it only lacks grammatical ambiguity -- it has plenty of other ambiguity, and it's fairly difficult and unintuitive when you get past the beginning. It has regularity, but regularity does not an easy langua...
by cntrational
Sat May 21, 2011 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Reading test for 6 year olds to include non-words
Replies: 49
Views: 7590

Re: Reading test for 6 year olds to include non-words

Oh, you're taking about that. Here's the thing: he still counts them as irregularities. Whether they're justifiable irregularities isn't that important. They're still counted.
by cntrational
Fri May 20, 2011 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Reading test for 6 year olds to include non-words
Replies: 49
Views: 7590

Re: Reading test for 6 year olds to include non-words

There's nothing as drastic as "/i/ instead of /e/" in the page, is there?
by cntrational
Fri May 20, 2011 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Reading test for 6 year olds to include non-words
Replies: 49
Views: 7590

Re: Reading test for 6 year olds to include non-words

Makri wrote:Whether most English spelling is regular very much depends on your definition of regular...

English spelling is mostly regular, but extremely complex.
by cntrational
Fri May 20, 2011 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: There is/are a lot of --- A grammatical conundrum
Replies: 12
Views: 5939

Re: There is/are a lot of --- A grammatical conundrum

This is a basic ambiguity in the way English handles quantity words (few, bunch, couple, lot etc.) that describe discrete quantities. They look singular and take articles as if they were singular , but otherwise they are treated as plural. You would never say "A lot of people is in the house.&...
by cntrational
Tue May 17, 2011 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Loan words from conlangs
Replies: 7
Views: 2193

Re: Loan words from conlangs

Not a loan word, per se, but: in Danish, the equivalent of "it's Greek to me" is det er det rene volapyk for mig (It's pure Volapük for me). Additionally, "Volapuk encoding" (кодировка волапюк, kodirovka volapyuk) is a Russian term for a system of writing where Cyrillic letters a...
by cntrational
Mon May 16, 2011 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 180754

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

After going through the thread, I'm surprised nobody seems to have even heard of Heisig's Remembering the Kanji. http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/publications/miscPublications/Remembering_the_Kanji_1.htm The page contains a sample pdf of the first 500 kanji. The introduction explains the idea better than ...
by cntrational
Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words which nearly all languages use
Replies: 54
Views: 8550

Re: Words which nearly all languages use

goofy wrote:Better make that "words which most European languages, and a few other languages, use".

True, but that's too clunky for a title.
by cntrational
Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words which nearly all languages use
Replies: 54
Views: 8550

Words which nearly all languages use

e.g.
Image

Why doesn't English use "ananas"? Are there any other words like this?
by cntrational
Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Media that mixes two or more languages?
Replies: 40
Views: 11213

Re: Media that mixes three or more languages?

oh, right, the first of april
by cntrational
Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Media that mixes two or more languages?
Replies: 40
Views: 11213

Re: Media that mixes three or more languages?

Is it me, or is someone changing the topic title?
by cntrational
Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Media that mixes two or more languages?
Replies: 40
Views: 11213

Re: Media that mixes three or more languages?

[quote=Velifer]Yes, I've heard. You want something more like Ahmadou Kourouma's novels written in French, Malinke, and his own creole?[/quote]Hm, yeah, this seems more like what I have in mind.
by cntrational
Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Media that mixes two or more languages?
Replies: 40
Views: 11213

Re: Media that mixes two or more languages?

Velifer, not to be rude, but I don't think you know what we're talking about. We're not talking about using foreign words in an otherwise native text or having the same thing written in multiple languages, we're talking about mixing languages side-by-side within the same text, switching between the ...
by cntrational
Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?
Replies: 57
Views: 7661

Re: So what's the deal with gendered nouns?

From what I've heard, most English spelling was standardized through general agreement when printing was invented.
by cntrational
Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Media that mixes two or more languages?
Replies: 40
Views: 11213

Re: Media that mixes two or more languages?

No, I don't mean just using foreign words -- I mean actively mixing languages, using grammatical features from both; "code-switching". Wikipedia gives a Spanish-English example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_switc ... -switching
by cntrational
Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Media that mixes two or more languages?
Replies: 40
Views: 11213

Media that mixes two or more languages?

In bilingual areas, people tend to switch between two languages while talking with each other (I do this myself, in fact), sometimes even in mid-sentence! I've always wondered if anybody has ever written literature or sung songs that mix languages together like this.
by cntrational
Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Cardinal vowels
Replies: 6
Views: 1700

Re: Cardinal vowels

Hmm...point taken.
by cntrational
Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Cardinal vowels
Replies: 6
Views: 1700

Re: Cardinal vowels

Erm, yes. It's just that I would prefer to know whether I'm getting it right, not just imitating recordings. So that is not very helpful.
by cntrational
Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Cardinal vowels
Replies: 6
Views: 1700

Cardinal vowels

I've been trying to learn the cardinal vowels from this book. I think I've gotten a general idea on how they're pronounced, but I'm not confident whether I'm doing it perfectly right. What should I do now?
by cntrational
Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Linguistics IRC
Replies: 0
Views: 955

Linguistics IRC

The IRC server Foonetic has an #xkcd-linguistics channel. It is currently dead, but we are in the process of reviving it. We would welcome any linguistically inclined members of the fora to come over and discuss language and linguistics with us. The server address is irc.foonetic.net, the channel is...
by cntrational
Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of commas in sentence list.
Replies: 21
Views: 3502

Re: Use of commas in sentence list.

Also, one line in the apostrophe page reads: Is it a possessive name ending in “s?” which I would say has the question mark inappropriately located within the quote. Since the quote itself is not a question, but rather the sentence is a question about the quote, the question mark should come after ...
by cntrational
Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of commas in sentence list.
Replies: 21
Views: 3502

Re: Use of commas in sentence list.

Them thems are certainly dialectal.
by cntrational
Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages
Replies: 46
Views: 21945

Re: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages

Iulus Cofield wrote:Whoa, I'd never thought of counting binary on my fingers instead of in my head. That's actually incredibly easy and strangely relaxing.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finger_binary
by cntrational
Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of commas in sentence list.
Replies: 21
Views: 3502

Re: Use of commas in sentence list.

Now to read the Wiki article on apostrophes to see if "it's" needs an apostrophe for possession and non proper nouns... eg "the chair lost it's leg". Or "it is the chair's leg". *shrug* It does not. It's is a contraction of it is . So you should say "the chair los...
by cntrational
Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages
Replies: 46
Views: 21945

Re: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages

cybermutiny wrote:It makes me think there is some innate tendency for humans to think in 10s.


A simpler explanation would be that humans have 10 fingers.
by cntrational
Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages
Replies: 46
Views: 21945

Re: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages

English also has a French-like system for counting in base-20, compare French "quatre vingt sept" (lit. four twenty seven) with "4 score and 7 years ago".
by cntrational
Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How do foreign languages use metric?
Replies: 32
Views: 6414

Re: How do foreign languages use metric?

Some languages like Mandarin and Japanese have restricted sets of syllables, Huh? Every language has a restricted set of syllables in that its words must conform to some set of phonotactic rules, but there's nothing distinctive here about Mandarin and Japanese. You may be thinking about writing sys...
by cntrational
Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How do foreign languages use metric?
Replies: 32
Views: 6414

Re: How do foreign languages use metric?

From my understanding yes. These languages (chinese, japanese) like all languages approximate the pronunciation as best that can. What specifically do they use to approximate the pronunciation? Google doesn't turn up any lists or anything like that. Which pronunciation do they approximate by defaul...
by cntrational
Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Username Change
Replies: 0
Views: 757

Username Change

Could a mod change my name to just "cntrational", without the caps? I would be much obliged.

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