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by Derek
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 146010

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Appalachian is generally considered a different (though I suppose related) dialect from Southern. In addition there are significant differences between old Southern (basically pre-WWII, from what I recall reading) and modern Southern dialects, rhoticity being the most notable.
by Derek
Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 108
Views: 22688

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

What you may not know (but probably aren't surprised to learn) is that if you remove multiplication, the theory (which is the theory of Presburger arithmetic) is decidable. No, that statement is very surprising. It's not at all obvious why multiplication is necessary to prove Godel's Incompleteness...
by Derek
Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 31
Views: 3478

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Angua wrote:It's embarrassing that for a second I was trying to figure out why you'd rewritten it in Welsh. Even though I got what Felstaff was doing the first time :P

Google Translate even detects it as Welsh.
by Derek
Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465702

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

by Derek
Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "I know to X" - what part of grammar?
Replies: 5
Views: 1105

Re: "I know to X" - what part of grammar?

Unless I'm misunderstanding something, that's just an infinitive.
by Derek
Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 146010

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

What other ways are there to pronounce "Anthony" (in English)? In England the usual pronunciation is identical to "Antony". I thought you said that wasn't correct: but pronouncing it something like "an-TOH-nee" would to me be the equivalent of chridd's "PLIE-nee&q...
by Derek
Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 146010

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

For the record, the name's Anthony. I'll grudgingly admit that the American pronunciation where the "th" is pronounced as in "thin" isn't exactly a wrong pronunciation (it's not my name, but it's a name), What other ways are there to pronounce "Anthony" (in English)?
by Derek
Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 146010

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Lazar wrote:
Derek wrote:But twenty as [tʰwʌn(tʰ)i]? I don't think I've ever heard anything like that. It's /twɪnti/ for me (pin-pen merger).

[ʌ] in "twenty" is not uncommon in North America. It's even listed in dictionaries.

Is it associated with any particular region?
by Derek
Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of "who" referring to inanimate objects.
Replies: 13
Views: 4366

Re: Use of "who" referring to inanimate objects.

There's a sad joke about corporate personhood here. I don't want to start a political discussion here, but you know that corporate personhood just means that corporations can act as legal entities, right? And they inherit some of the rights of natural persons because they are made up of people. And...
by Derek
Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 146010

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

how do you pronounce "twenty"? i pronounce it as [tʰwʌn(tʰ)i]. it doesn't rhyme with "plenty" [plɪn(tʰ)i] for me. Plenty is a homophone for Pliny (Gaius Plinius)? With a pin-pen merger and an elided t, sure. But twenty as [tʰwʌn(tʰ)i]? I don't think I've ever heard anything like...
by Derek
Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Efficiency of prime sieve
Replies: 7
Views: 2116

Re: Efficiency of prime sieve

You could use wheel factorization first to remove all the "common" numbers (numbers divisible by 2, 3, etc.). Doing the first two gets you a 2/3 reduction in space for a bit array, you can do more if you want, with diminishing returns. But if you need a really large sieve then you'll proba...
by Derek
Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 108
Views: 22688

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

That can be improved to yield a total impractical and useless but asymptotically optimal algorithm for every problem. Consider a problem that can be solved in O(f(n)) time by a DTM. Now we do: for i = 1 to infinity do run DTM with number i for i * f(n) steps on the original input if the DTM produce...
by Derek
Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 108
Views: 22688

Re: Slowest Sorting Algorithms that Terminate

Yeah, there were some bugs, I meant for the "remove from list" to be conditional on "halted but not with the correct output". But you seem to misunderstand one piece, all the Turing Machines being started up aren't actually given the list to sort as input, they're all given blan...
by Derek
Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Three externally tangent circles sharing a single point of tangency
Replies: 19
Views: 2368

Re: Three externally tangent circles sharing a single point of tangency

I think this should help! If I can prove that the radius of a circle is perpendicular to a tangent line, I should be able to just add up the size of the angles and prove that they add up to more than 360 degrees. Let me mull on this. You can prove this by showing that if the radius is not perpendic...
by Derek
Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 108
Views: 22688

Re: Slowest Sorting Algorithms that Terminate

For some reason I'm interested in really slow sorting algorithms. We've all heard about terrible ones like Bogo Sort that has average running time of O(n!), but is not guaranteed to terminate. There are others such as Slow Sort which has a greater than polynomial running time and doesn't really adm...
by Derek
Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Pi vs Tau
Replies: 14
Views: 2975

Re: Pi vs Tau

"Pi" (3.1415926isasfarasIgenerallygo) should clearly be given the "Tau" symbol "τ" and then 6.2831852ish the "π" symbol and 9.424687andonwards something like an inverted "ш". S'obvious. The earliest tau paper I know of (though the author called it a...
by Derek
Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: VLC vs. Media Player Classic
Replies: 10
Views: 2283

Re: VLC vs. Media Player Classic

I'm still using MPC on my old system because back then I preferred the whole CCCP library and it starts instantaneously contrary to all other players. I'm still a big advocate for using CCCP. It gives you the latest MPC with every codec you could possibly need (because the anime fansubbing communit...
by Derek
Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4335
Views: 576093

Re: Anime Thread of Doom

It was also my first exposure to ska punk and had some other great bands as well. It really was a very 90's soundtrack.
by Derek
Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4335
Views: 576093

Re: Anime Thread of Doom

which were later spliced into a single film for the American release, and IMO it was about thre different kinds of terrible.

The dub is legitimately good and has an amazing soundtrack.
by Derek
Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4335
Views: 576093

Re: Anime Thread of Doom

Makoto Shinkai is an incredibly talented animator, and I am looking forward to watching Kimi No Na Wa. Some of his work, especially the earlier stuff, can sometimes be a bit more style than substance, but generally he's really good at setting a mood with stunning visuals. If you haven't heard of hi...
by Derek
Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?
Replies: 59
Views: 4717

Re: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?

Is there any research on how languages assign gender to new words? I can imagine a couple possibilities, but they'd only be guesses.
by Derek
Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?
Replies: 59
Views: 4717

Re: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?

gmalivuk wrote:and clams are statistically no happier than other bivalves.

I'm gonna need a citation for this. Also while we're at it, how does their felicity compare to other mollusks?
by Derek
Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?
Replies: 59
Views: 4717

Re: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?

What's wrong with floundering?
by Derek
Fri Sep 23, 2016 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: are phonemic mergers making spelling more difficult?
Replies: 7
Views: 1398

Re: are phonemic mergers making spelling more difficult?

How are you measuring the difficultly of spelling things? Without a metric for that, the question is kinda meaningless. And I mean, as it stands spelling is mostly just memorising a bunch of pictures and mapping them to sounds. I don't see what difference the particular pictures or mappings make, t...
by Derek
Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: are phonemic mergers making spelling more difficult?
Replies: 7
Views: 1398

Re: are phonemic mergers making spelling more difficult?

Language drift in general makes spelling harder as modern pronunciations move away from the pronunciations that spellings were originally based on.
by Derek
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 628
Views: 95060

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

I would guess so; I've never heard the adjective pronounced with a full vowel in the third syllable. But that said, I'm not sure we can assume an ironclad relationship between spelling and pronunciation on this point. For an example in somewhat the opposite direction, I hear a lot of people pronoun...
by Derek
Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: You keep using that word...
Replies: 39
Views: 8607

Re: You keep using that word...

The word "devastate" already more than covers the contemporary reuse of the word (probably, as a near soundalike, also the word everyone would have used if not for the original error behind the retasking), and yet now we are left without an easily usable word for a tenth reduction or remo...
by Derek
Sat Sep 17, 2016 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 146010

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

"pahk the cah in hahvahd yahd". it should actually be "pahk the car in hahvahd yahd" the "car" comes before a word the starts with a vowel, and therefore there is an /r/. rhotic speakers who try to put on a nonrhotic accent tend to delete /r/s between vowels, whereas n...
by Derek
Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Combining Idioms. Portmanteau style
Replies: 26
Views: 6768

Re: Combining Idioms. Portmanteau style

Bloopy wrote:Coincidentally, someone's set up a website to generate this sort of thing, and it's hilarious: The Idiomatic.

"Clothes make Jack a dull boy."
by Derek
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 628
Views: 95060

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: 521
Views: 146010

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: 1906
Views: 317699

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: 521
Views: 146010

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: 521
Views: 146010

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: 628
Views: 95060

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: 628
Views: 95060

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: 521
Views: 146010

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: 241
Views: 14059

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: 321
Views: 97382

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.

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