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by BrainMagMo
Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Plural or singular for non-counting number quantifiers
Replies: 15
Views: 3985

Re: Plural or singular for non-counting number quantifiers

It's not. I say "half of an apple" just like I say "point-five of an apple". However, I can leave out the "of an" part with decimals, but not with fractions. And when I do, I pluralize it. "Point-five apples", like "point four three two apples". I h...
by BrainMagMo
Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Grammar Nazi, Soup Nazi, etc.
Replies: 30
Views: 6521

Re: Grammar Nazi, Soup Nazi, etc.

"fanatic" and "zealot" imply a fondness for the topic, but don't carry the enforcement aspect (to put it lightly) that "nazi" does. A ____ nazi makes a big issue out of something that's relatively benign being done by another person. For example, using the wrong number...
by BrainMagMo
Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0507: "Experimentation"
Replies: 111
Views: 24362

Re: "Experimentation" Discussion

I'm worried if they do any quality checks on the subjects interaction. I'm more worried about whether she did any double-blind trials. My thoughts exactly...I mean, c'mon, this is harder to blind than an acupuncture study*. That is, unless dildo technology has advanced far beyond my own knowledge o...
by BrainMagMo
Thu Nov 20, 2008 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Does SAE need a second person plural?
Replies: 64
Views: 7717

Re: Does SAE need a second person plural?

Bobber wrote:Not when I wrote that :(
Or it must've been mere seconds before - after I clicked reply.

Lol, sorry, 'twas edited to specify I had posted a fix'd version.
by BrainMagMo
Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Does SAE need a second person plural?
Replies: 64
Views: 7717

Re: Does SAE need a second person plural?

Bobber wrote:Thou shouldst not quote so long posts.

But it was fix'd...
by BrainMagMo
Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Does SAE need a second person plural?
Replies: 64
Views: 7717

Re: Does SAE need a second person plural?

I've been trying to translate some pop songs, and I'm hoping I've been doing it correctly. Please tell me if I've done anything wrongly. :) Noel Gallagher's Wonderwall Today, is gonna be the day that they're gonna throw it back to thee, by now thou shouldst've someho...
by BrainMagMo
Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 89637

Re: Mnemonics you love

Speaking of that, my Eng. Lit. class watch Othello, and I was horribly confused every time they talked about the "left-tenant."
HOW DOES lieutenant = /lɛftɛnənt/!?!?!?
by BrainMagMo
Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "His English is well."
Replies: 39
Views: 5923

Re: "His English is well."

No.
This sentence I intuit as ungrammatical.
"to be well" means "to be healthy".
"is spoken well" or "is used well" or "is well-developed" work.
by BrainMagMo
Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Which language should I learn?
Replies: 24
Views: 3331

Re: Which language should I learn?

If Japanese is anything like Chinese, the word order will probably be very rigid. Japanese isn't anything like Chinese. The word order is highly flexible. KF Japanese grammar is essentially RPN. Prepositions come after the clause; generally, verbs are at the end of the sentence. I can see going wit...
by BrainMagMo
Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 216079

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

Gracias por la explicación. ¡De nada! Además, ya estoy confuso en la usa de la subjuntiva, ¿hay que usarlo cuando hago una pregunta? No...sólo si expresas una duda, deseo, orden negativa o expresiones como "es probable que" y "es interesante que". Luego, te fijas si alguna de la...
by BrainMagMo
Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 216079

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

¡Hola!
He tomado 2 años de español en la escuela secundaria, y también, estaba enseñada ?en español a partir jardín de la infancia a tercera grado.
Además, ya estoy confuso en la usa de la subjuntiva, ¿hay que usarlo cuando hago una pregunta?
by BrainMagMo
Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Let's/Lets
Replies: 29
Views: 4903

Re: Let's/Lets

let's uses inclusive-we let us uses exclusive-we. It's the only time I know that English makes the distinction though. Where do you live? I'm pretty sure that's not a universal distinction, although it is interesting to see it pop up at least in some dialects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inclusive...
by BrainMagMo
Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Let's/Lets
Replies: 29
Views: 4903

Re: Let's/Lets

let's uses inclusive-we
let us uses exclusive-we.

It's the only time I know that English makes the distinction though.
by BrainMagMo
Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Inhabitants of the fora are...?
Replies: 22
Views: 3355

Re: Inhabitants of the fora are...?

For myself, I like "xkcdans" because it has the sound of -dians by virtue of the pronunciation of the d. "xkcdians" seems a little redundant and difficult to pronounce: "ex-kay-si-di-ee-ans." On the other hand, the former has the emphasis on a nonstandard syllable, so ...
by BrainMagMo
Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352692

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

The only thing I can think is that the Spanish thing is down to dialect, because when I had the vowels drilled into my head (my teacher was extremely into pronunciation) the only way you could pronounce a was the same as in apple. On topic I think that it is very sensible to make it illegal to give...
by BrainMagMo
Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 89637

Re: Mnemonics you love

I like: Mein Vater erklärt mir jeden Sonntag unsere neun Planeten. Merkur Venus Erde Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptun Pluto Literal translation: My father explains me every Sunday our nine planets. But now that they deprived Pluto of its planet rights it doesn't work anymore :( :? :x :| I had &quo...
by BrainMagMo
Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "It's not who votes that counts, it's who counts the votes"
Replies: 16
Views: 5750

Re: "It's not who votes that counts, it's who counts the votes"

Pardóname si mi español no es muy bueno pero, si yo usara este fraso, ¿tendría que usar el subjunctivo? No, I don't believe so. The way I'd say it most naturally (and lose the wordplay) is, " No importa quien vota, importa quien cuenta los votos. " Thanks, getting an intuitive handle of t...
by BrainMagMo
Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "It's not who votes that counts, it's who counts the votes"
Replies: 16
Views: 5750

Re: "It's not who votes that counts, it's who counts the votes"

fwiw, which isn't much, Spanish cuenta , I think, also has both meanings. The thing is, it wouldn't actually be used that way normally. It would sound unnatural this way, rather than something like no importa quien vota , which of course eliminates the possibility of the play on words. Point being ...
by BrainMagMo
Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American Sign Language
Replies: 100
Views: 12593

Re: American Sign Language

I know a little sign language, I was hoping it would be offered at my school but it's not. I want to be fluent in it because it's beautiful and I love it. Beautiful? ASL's a lot of things, but I wouldn't say it's beautiful. Sure, it can but used for poetry, but German can too. Are you saying German...
by BrainMagMo
Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American Sign Language
Replies: 100
Views: 12593

Re: American Sign Language

Pirate.Bondage wrote:I know a little sign language, I was hoping it would be offered at my school but it's not. I want to be fluent in it because it's beautiful and I love it.

Beautiful?
ASL's a lot of things, but I wouldn't say it's beautiful.
Sure, it can but used for poetry, but German can too.
by BrainMagMo
Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Does SAE need a second person plural?
Replies: 64
Views: 7717

Re: Does SAE need a second person plural?

OBL is short of Oblique. I = Nominative me = oblique English Oblique is also known as the accusative, but has many more functions than the accusative, so i call it the oblique. However, for 3.singular.neuter I prefer the 'ey solution NOM:ey OBL:em POS:eir PosPro:eirs REF:eirself (emself?) By the way...
by BrainMagMo
Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Does SAE need a second person plural?
Replies: 64
Views: 7717

Re: Does SAE need a second person plural?

Rilian wrote:No, you use it like a name. It never changes.

E gave me a dollar.
I gave e a dollar.
This is e's dollar.
etc.


Bad grammatical knowledge is bad.

So it's?
NOM:e
OBL:e
POS:e's
PosPro:e's
Ref:e's self
by BrainMagMo
Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Does SAE need a second person plural?
Replies: 64
Views: 7717

Re: Does SAE need a second person plural?

Rilian wrote:Just say "e".

I want one, too, though. And I want it to be widely used.

How do I decline that, though?
e (he/she)
em (him/her)
e's (his/her)
e's (his/hers)
e'sself (himself/herself)
sounds like an h-drop of he.
by BrainMagMo
Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American Sign Language
Replies: 100
Views: 12593

Re: American Sign Language

I think you should all watch this: http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=AaAmlhzELpw it's a Marilyn Manson song interpreted, and the signer does an awesome job, I think. Could a native signer tell me what they think? I know it was shown as an example of good interpretation of songs in an ASL class, since th...
by BrainMagMo
Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Being too correct?
Replies: 109
Views: 10469

Re: Being too correct?

I probably fall somewhere between "rules of Modern English" and "accepted English of today." I'm not really sure where the line is drawn between the two, anyway (what counts as "accepted"?). I am a big fan of proper grammar, though I've come to accept the breaking of t...
by BrainMagMo
Thu Oct 16, 2008 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: IPA information
Replies: 59
Views: 87834

Re: IPA information

I googled quite a bit but I can't get what I'm looking for.
What I want is a certain font face, so that if I type something in (X)SAMPA, it gives an IPA-looking character. ¿Does this exist? if so, a link would be appreciated.
by BrainMagMo
Thu Oct 16, 2008 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: I support the simpul spelling movement.
Replies: 221
Views: 41173

Re: I support the simpul spelling movement.

so what do you say? I say [ɛlmɔn(d)] or [almɔn(d)] /O:mn=(4)/ [/O:mn=s/plural] (X-SAPMA; how do you get IPA?) the first pronunciation I would not recognize, the second sounds highly dialectical. "The word "almond" comes from Old French almande or alemande, late Latin amandola, derive...
by BrainMagMo
Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: I Am America (And So Can You!)
Replies: 50
Views: 7448

Re: I Am America (And So Can You!)

I think "I am America (and you could be too)" think "I am happy, and you could be [happy] too" whereas "I am happy, and so can you [be happy]" would sound grammatically clunky. It's not "can" you have to conjugate, it appears only once as an auxiliary verb......
by BrainMagMo
Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: I Am America (And So Can You!)
Replies: 50
Views: 7448

Re: I Am America (And So Can You!)

It's grammatically incorrect.
It should be; "I am America (And So Could You!)"
...I think.
Conjugating can is hard.
by BrainMagMo
Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Verb form of "Placebo."
Replies: 29
Views: 6870

Re: Verb form of "Placebo."

I think a more useful verb would be "to test against a placebo".
Perhaps, complacebe

or com<placebo verbed>, for what ever placebo verbs as.
Verb is a great verb. <3
by BrainMagMo
Thu Oct 16, 2008 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Rules" of proper English largely made up on the spot
Replies: 49
Views: 8201

Re: "Rules" of proper English largely made up on the spot

Of course not. Just musing that the language would be clearer if they weren't. Meh, I suspect that English double negatives would be every bit as clear as, say, those in Spanish, if it weren't for that twat Lowth and his damn prescriptivist influence. I find it fascinating that Spanish, which comes...
by BrainMagMo
Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The English Spoken Language: RIP (Examples)
Replies: 154
Views: 21330

Re: The English Spoken Language: RIP (Examples)

I dunno where you live but that's weird. Me and a friend of mine used to (jokingly) ask "Where you is?" That would annoy people! Ah, irony. Think of it this way; when referring to people, always put your friend first. e.g. A friend of mine and I.... PLUS his 1s is in the wrong case, lawl.
by BrainMagMo
Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American Sign Language
Replies: 100
Views: 12593

Re: American Sign Language

Do deaf people think in hand movements? Yes, I'm pretty sure they do. ASL is a language as much as any other. It has a phonology (the mind interprets hand signs and sounds exactly the same), vocab, grammar ( very different from English). I've seen rants over having the speak (sign) one language and...
by BrainMagMo
Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: I support the simpul spelling movement.
Replies: 221
Views: 41173

Re:

Of the 22 languages spoken by more than 50 million people , only two have linguistic governing bodies? I'm not sure there's any evidence pointing towards that being the most beneficial, never mind practical, way of doing things. Especially since the Spanish Academy is comprised of 22 country specif...
by BrainMagMo
Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Interesting features in your conlang
Replies: 93
Views: 50059

Re: Interesting features in your conlang

Even better is the Hodiernal tense, which indicates that something happens today. +Hodiernal present and Hodiernal past, for what it seems to mean. I wanted both a dynamic v. static AND a telic v. atelic distinction. However, I can't POSSIBLY think of what a telic static aspect would mean, or how it...
by BrainMagMo
Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Bag Beg Big Bog Bug
Replies: 45
Views: 22490

Re: Bag Beg Big Bog Bug

Well, the two sounds are produced differently, and are distinguishable in sound as well. So they're different phonemes. Two sounds being produced differently and distinguishable does not make them phonemic. Certainly they're different phones, but I challenge you to find minimal pairs with schwa. Sc...
by BrainMagMo
Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The English Spoken Language: RIP (Examples)
Replies: 154
Views: 21330

Re: The English Spoken Language: RIP (Examples)

bejoicing wrote:My mother took enunciation classes, and she noted that most people pronounce 'metal' and 'water' as 'meddle' and 'wodder'.

No they don't, try learning the IPA.
/metal/ is [ ˈmɛɾl̩ ](not [ˈmɛɹəl ], with an r sound) ɾ is neither t not d, but is a flap.
by BrainMagMo
Mon Oct 13, 2008 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Overseas
Replies: 3
Views: 935

Re: Overseas

Overseas, to us Americans, means not in our continent. We would use "abroad" (giggling at the pun sometimes) for the same semantic meaning.
by BrainMagMo
Wed Oct 01, 2008 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352692

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

I have said it out loud a couple of times and still can't figure it out. Tylenol What's wrong with "Teresa Green"? "trees are green" /angell Obviously, the problem here is that 22/7 speaks like an Englishperson, while jobriath and I speak like Americans. Tyler Knoll = /taɪlɹ nɔː...
by BrainMagMo
Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: McCain 'suspends' campaign (+ post-debate chatter)
Replies: 85
Views: 7627

Re: McCain 'suspends' campaign, wants to delay debates

Because he's a politician. Nothing they do can be illegal, because if politicians could break the law like regular people, it means that the government is full of criminals, and we all know that's not true, because the government said it isn't true. Makes me wanna play "Count the fallacies&quo...

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