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by O Choco
Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend some non-depressing sci-fi/fantasy
Replies: 39
Views: 8357

Re: Recommend some non-depressing sci-fi/fantasy

Dragonriders of Pern ! Seriously, I don't know how more people haven't read these books. Anne McCaffrey was the first woman to ever win a Hugo for the original trilogy! This is the series that got me into both Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and if you like them both it is definitely worth checking out. If you...
by O Choco
Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 234565

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

.Do you have the cot-caught merger, then, or do you pronounce "cot" with a vowel other than [ɑ]? Yeah I'm fully cot/caught merged in casual speech. Furthermore my cot vowel /ɑ/ is slightly fronted, compared to say RP /ɑ/, but I don't believe it's as front as the /a/ in, say, Spanish, or [...
by O Choco
Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 234565

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

No, but they're a minimal pair. Pure has a yod, [pjɝ]
by O Choco
Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 234565

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I don't think this is a split, it's the lack (at least partially) of the pour-poor merger. Or maybe this is not-pour-poor merging combined with the pure-poor split ? I have both the pour-poor merger and the pure-poor split. So pure and sure are /-jər/, and poor, pour, and tour are all /-ɔr/. No wor...
by O Choco
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 234565

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

It's definitely [kjʊəɹ] for me, ... 'Sure' and 'shore' are homophones for me; both are [ʃʊəɹ]. Interesting, so you merge them in the other direction. I'm curious what your /ɔ/ phoneme is usually realized as? I remember when I worked for Allstate, where I often called New Jerseyites, that I would in...
by O Choco
Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 234565

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Let's talk CURE vowels. I think this is probably one of the most variable sounds in modern English. Most places I can find prescribe [kjʊə(ɹ)] but I know of almost no one who pronounces it as such. I almost invariably say [kjɝ], that is ky+NURSE vowel, and in Colorado where I live this is definitely...
by O Choco
Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 234565

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

So, pin-pen merger. I've been musing on this a little bit recently and I've noticed that, while I certainly do not have the merger, pronouncing the eponymous pin/pen as [pɪn], [pɛn]; in many other words, I use the KIT vowel instead of DRESS, i.e. any, many, then than = [ɪni mɪni ðɪn ðɪn], as well as...
by O Choco
Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Native English speakers - what's it like?
Replies: 37
Views: 14592

Re: Native English speakers - what's it like?

Another question I had, which was actually the main reason I created this topic but then I forgot, is what your native language sounds like to you. <snip> English, and most other languages, just sound... i don't know, cooler. Especially for younger people. It's foreign, it's new, it's exotic, so of...
by O Choco
Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 234565

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

It's also used to mean "nowadays," as in "It's hard to get a job around here anymore," or "from now on," as in, "You have to be more careful with knives anymore, kid." I don't know about the second example, but I feel like the usage of anymore as a synonym of...
by O Choco
Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Native English speakers - what's it like?
Replies: 37
Views: 14592

Re: Native English speakers - what's it like?

As far as a large number of phonemes is concerned, I believe !Xoo has been mentioned, but the languages of the Caucasus also deserve a mention. Take Abkhaz , I'd like to see an english speaker differentiate between lenis, palatalized, labialized and ejective versions of the 'same' consonant. But the...
by O Choco
Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Native English speakers - what's it like?
Replies: 37
Views: 14592

Re: Native English speakers - what's it like?

There are clear advantages. <snip> [G]iven that English is one of the most hacked-together, convoluted languages in existence, I have a lot of options for giving precise descriptions....more, I think, than in some other languages. I can say the same basic thing in literally hundreds of differently-...
by O Choco
Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Odd autocorrect
Replies: 9
Views: 7240

Re: Odd autocorrect

My phone once corrected "vegetarian" to "brisket." I thought it was making suggestions on my dietary habits.
by O Choco
Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Your Own Contribution to the English Language
Replies: 48
Views: 16601

Re: Your Own Contribution to the English Language

Flustrated adj. - so frustrated as to be flustered.
by O Choco
Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 234565

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I am curious if anyone else produces the /r/ in the sequence /θr/ as [ɾ]. I know I hear this nearly every day but I don't have much of a concept of where it's more common than not, besides being more common in the eastern US from my own observation. One interesting aspect of my own speech is the sto...
by O Choco
Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 234565

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I think I was misreading the IPA. I would pronounce it [bæg] as in "bad", unless I'm still reading it wrong. I was interpreting æ like eɪ, having "bag" rhyme with "vague," which would be weird. Nope! that is absolutely correct. That's how most of my family pronounces i...
by O Choco
Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 234565

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

As a monophthong. Just a simple short e. [bɛg]. Just like I would pronounce "bed." Similarly, I would pronounce "bag" [bag]. It sounds like you pronounce both as [bæg] or [bæjg]? That's roughly how I would pronounce the first syllable of "bagel." I produce simple [bæg]...
by O Choco
Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 234565

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

That's interesting - I have æ-tensing as well, but it only affects æ before n or m (where it becomes [eə]). Before [ŋ] it remains [æ]. I do know speakers for whom tensing occurs before [ŋ] as well, but as far as I can tell, for them it becomes [eə] in this case also, with no [i] in sight. Although ...
by O Choco
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2286379

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Adacore wrote:it's difficult to support the non-terrorist rebels without also supporting the more terrorist-y ones too.


One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.
by O Choco
Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Have" sex?
Replies: 18
Views: 7201

Re: "Have" sex?

RIP George Carlin

Derek wrote:I think "get sex" and "have sex" have different meetings.

I'd agree, though the difference is slight. To me "get sex" implies the act of pursuing sex, while "have sex" is referring simply to the act of intercourse.
by O Choco
Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: So, it turns out I named a main-belt asteroid after Randall.
Replies: 16
Views: 6740

Re: So, it turns out I named a main-belt asteroid after Rand

A fitting tribute, I think. Nice job!
by O Choco
Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)
Replies: 544
Views: 237430

Re: (Post Your) Incredible Poems (Here!)

some awesome stuff It doesn't suck. I enjoyed the meter very much, and the rhymes were great too! I find that's what I enjoy most in poetry is a consistent, challenging meter, both in writing and reading. I can't find my notebook right now so here's one I have stored on my computer. Songs of Jupite...
by O Choco
Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 86643

Re: Words you choose to mispronounce

I imagine, though, that you only do that in words whose stress pattern would have a flapped /t/ if the <n> weren't there. As in, "pritter" would have the "city water" sound, while both "return" and "intern" have fully pronounced /t/. Students often pick up on...
by O Choco
Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Quem fala português aqui? [Portuguese Practice]
Replies: 24
Views: 14394

Re: Quem fala português aqui? [Portuguese Practice]

Olá, foreros! Tudo bem? O meu portugues só pratiquei 2 anos atrás, e só em o internet, assim não tenho certeza da pronúnciação das certas palavras. Tão pronunciado: "Estou" como es-tu (no castelhano), es-tow (tow como no inglés), ou esh-tu/esh-tow (AFI: [estu:] [estow] [eʃtu:] [eʃtow]) Tam...
by O Choco
Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 152414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

So, uh, Trent Richardson and stuff. Seems the Browns have given up on this season. At least that's what the talking heads are saying. The CEO of the Browns went on Mike & Mike in the Morning and they asked him how long the organization had had the trade in the works. He replied "18 hours.&q...
by O Choco
Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 86643

Re: Words you choose to mispronounce

I tend towards using irregular past tense forms**; learnt for learned, spelt for spelled, leapt for leaped, drug for dragged etc. I don't know if that's really a mispronunciation since I tend to use the accepted pronunciation for the irregular plurals. I've noticed, though, that I tend to use burned...
by O Choco
Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XKeyscore: Worse than PRISM
Replies: 35
Views: 9900

Re: XKeyscore: Worse than PRISM

Haiku can be fun
But sometimes they don't make sense
Refridgerator
by O Choco
Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2286379

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Wow. Where was the first picture taken? I hope its a body of water and not just the flood raging through! The unspoilered image is a beach with a photoshopped "welcome to colorado" sign, found at all our state borders. The first spoilered image is in Longmont near Mt. View. I'm not very f...
by O Choco
Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 152414

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

Except that Tebow refuses to play any other position than QB, and has shown zero improvement in his passing over three years. If you can't get your passing up to par in 3 years, you are NOT going to be an NFL QB. Tebow needs to learn when he's wrong about himself and should give up on something he ...
by O Choco
Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning to "unmerge" a merger
Replies: 7
Views: 4501

Re: Learning to "unmerge" a merger

Yeah, t/d flapping is a dead giveaway of someone faking an English accent. That said, the wine/whine merger isn't dialectal or even sociolectal here, it's basially just a difference in people's idiolects these days. The fat/that merger seems to be coming in these days and looks increasingly common ...
by O Choco
Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2286379

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

My home state is flooding, though I'm not sure if that warrants its own thread or not, so here we are. We've received a year's worth of rain in the last three days. This is a state that gets an average of over 320 days of sunshine per year. https://scontent-b-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/1176127_10...
by O Choco
Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 86643

Re: Words you choose to mispronounce

Ah, fair enough. I'd assumed the difference in pronunciation had come from spelling rather than from dialectal differences. I can see why pronouncing it with an /aʊ̯/ would not be so nice. American here, I've only ever heard it pronounced /'flaʊ̯ɾɪst/, but /'flɔːɾɪst/ does sound more pleasant; to m...
by O Choco
Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Learning to "unmerge" a merger
Replies: 7
Views: 4501

Re: Learning to "unmerge" a merger

Well, I made a conscious effort a while back to unmerge metal/medal (and matter/madder, and in general, to pronounce the letter “t” the “right way” including in words such as “cattle” and “water”). Most everyone I know has the merger and pronounces those occurrences of “t” as “d”, so it was more of...
by O Choco
Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 317953

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

There was a kid in my high school whose parents had recently emigrated and decided to give their child an "American" name so he would fit in. They named him Eric Shin. I went to high school in Florida. There was an urban legend among people in my high school of a kid who had graduated &qu...
by O Choco
Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Ocean is a Terrible Place
Replies: 88
Views: 49089

Re: The Ocean is a Terrible Place

TV is manipulative more than informative. It was not always this way. Wasn't it? I am young, but that is all I remember. Newsmen trying to scare you with lies, gossip peddlers selling celebrity bull, some good scripted TV and a whole lot of crap. You have the internet. You can chose what to watch. ...
by O Choco
Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Ocean is a Terrible Place
Replies: 88
Views: 49089

Re: The Ocean is a Terrible Place

I hope to God you saw the Daily Show. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/08/john-oliver-discovery-megalodon_n_3725072.html You know, I actually missed that episode. I was watching shark week! But still, good for Jon, pointing out dishonesty as always. I figured it probably wasn't true, since I h...
by O Choco
Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Ocean is a Terrible Place
Replies: 88
Views: 49089

Re: The Ocean is a Terrible Place

EchoRomulus wrote:
PM 2Ring wrote:There were some pretty awesome sea creatures that are extinct now. Ichthyosaurs. And Megalodons!

Don't you watch discovery channel? Megalodon is still among us!
by O Choco
Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 317953

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

personally, I've always disliked the idea of naming my child after myself. Family names I completely understand, but it just seemed. . . I hate to say it because I don't mean to judge other peoples' naming their kids, but it seemed arrogant. And confusion seems inevitable, but I'm sure people make d...
by O Choco
Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 114758

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!

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