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by Twelfthroot
Fri May 28, 2010 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Possibilities of Meaning
Replies: 11
Views: 1597

Re: Possibilities of Meaning

Well, it wasn't capitalized... Also, "Books When it Rains" instead of "Books for When it Rains" still sounds weird... Very well, it doesn't count because of the capitalization. However, I don't think it can be discounted as a plausible interpretation because as a title it "...
by Twelfthroot
Thu May 27, 2010 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Possibilities of Meaning
Replies: 11
Views: 1597

Re: Possibilities of Meaning

Is the punctuation you've used the only correct possibility? If not, Books When It Rains and Books When It Rains in the Library are possible titles of something that can be read exclusively, or (with the first title) exclusively in the library, or exclusively and in the library, or as the only thing...
by Twelfthroot
Thu May 13, 2010 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Yet another completely worthless thing from the Pentagon.
Replies: 41
Views: 6480

Re: Yet another completely worthless thing from the Pentagon

Even if the concept is a bit ridiculous or sounds parody-worthy, I'd solidly put this in the "good thing" category, or at least not in the "bad thing" category. Even if all it accomplishes is to make a handful of soldiers decide that more focus on not killing civilians is a worth...
by Twelfthroot
Mon May 10, 2010 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Referring to something as what it is, or what it was?
Replies: 7
Views: 2188

Re: Referring to something as what it is, or what it was?

This doesn't answer your question linguistically, but my current girlfriend knows my previous girlfriends' names, so if I want to refer to them I use their names. With other people, I find what I use more often is indeed "(name), the girl I was dating at the time". It doesn't feel overly v...
by Twelfthroot
Sun May 09, 2010 5:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Marijuana and Brainwave Activity
Replies: 2
Views: 544

Marijuana and Brainwave Activity

I was reading the writings of an author opposed to marijuana use when I came across the overt claim "Obviously, drugs annihilate alpha waves." As the author sees a connection between alpha waves and relaxed states of higher awareness (which is, as I understand it, a reasonable connection),...
by Twelfthroot
Thu May 06, 2010 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Analysis on manifolds is gving me nightmares!
Replies: 21
Views: 3039

Re: Analysis on manifolds is gving me nightmares!

Am I the only one who has trouble learning this subject? I'm afraid I don't have any concrete helpful advice for you; I just want to point out that no, you're not. Analysis on manifolds was probably the hardest course I ever took. For whatever it's worth, the professor stood by the belief that it's...
by Twelfthroot
Thu May 06, 2010 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 216064

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

Just out of curiosity, where was your table printed? Maybe it's from somewhere where that verb form is not used at all.


Actually, I don't think I've ever seen a verb table with these forms printed. Given that they're 100% regular and the same for every verb, it's probably unnecessary.
by Twelfthroot
Thu May 06, 2010 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 216064

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

The verb llevar has many uses, but no, it can't quite be used as a present continuous modal in all cases - in this usage, it indicates a certain amount of time spent doing something. That is, how much spent time you have (or "carry") spent having done something. For example: Llevan tres dí...
by Twelfthroot
Wed May 05, 2010 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Just plain wrong - DC police let down another trans woman
Replies: 38
Views: 4275

Re: Just plain wrong - DC police let down another trans woma

Somehow, I don't think getting sued for $10 million and/or fined and prosecuted is going to make the people responsible stop behaving in this manner. Don't get me wrong - the actions of the police are atrocious and depressing, and if their prosecution or financial punishment gives Shaw some sense of...
by Twelfthroot
Wed May 05, 2010 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 216064

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

¡Bienvenidos a los recién llegados! kernelpanic: It's worth pointing out that, unless I'm mistaken, queréis is a very everyday word in Spain. The vosotros conjugations can have a bit of an antiquated feel to them in most of Latin America (especially if you use them in the singular), but for the most...
by Twelfthroot
Tue May 04, 2010 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: STEM fields vs. Humanites
Replies: 35
Views: 4974

Re: STEM fields vs. Humanites

I'm pretty sure the difference between these two categories is at best fuzzy, and possibly totally arbitrary. An educated person, I believe, would be very well advised to consider themself a perpetual student of both fields. When I write music about a feeling, am I not creating an isomorphism? I am ...
by Twelfthroot
Sat May 01, 2010 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Pandora + Satriani = amazing
Replies: 7
Views: 1420

Re: Pandora + Satriani = amazing

I would like to heartily second this idea. I also strongly recommend including Pat Metheny. It's a different style in some sense, but aside from assuring that the station will showcase a constant stream of incredible guitar work, you get more varied musical atmospheres and a jazzier touch.
by Twelfthroot
Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 10 worstly mistaken fields of secular science!
Replies: 49
Views: 7265

Re: The 10 worstly mistaken fields of secular science!

When people fly westwards from America, they end up in Japan. This is often interpreted as proof for a round earth, but the fact is that they fly in a circle towards the other end of the Earth because of Intelligent Pulling, one of the various forms in which Intelligent Falling manifests itself in ...
by Twelfthroot
Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Searching a good FOX broadcast to analyze
Replies: 3
Views: 948

Re: Searching a good FOX broadcast to analyze

I did have the FOX News channel in mind, but if a local affiliate had something that might be of interest, that would work too.
by Twelfthroot
Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Searching a good FOX broadcast to analyze
Replies: 3
Views: 948

Searching a good FOX broadcast to analyze

Hey all, I'm wondering if you could lend me a hand with something. I'm working on a conversation analysis - I need to transcribe and analyze a conversation of about half an hour's length. I was thinking it would be interesting to analyze the discussion of some FOX anchors interviewing somebody of po...
by Twelfthroot
Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 199189

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

Ah, makes sense. (Regarding や / など). I'm glad you're around for us to learn from, Kizyr. Rilian, I think you and Kizyr are in some sense agreeing in different words - that it's important not to repeat word-chunks by rote without understanding that, as you gave for an example, in Spanish you can natu...
by Twelfthroot
Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 216064

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

¿Conoce alguien un buen recurso para familiarizarse con algo del argot mexicano? Puedo entender a mi profesora como si estuviera hablando inglés pero entender a gente de mi edad de México es algo completamente diferente. Tal vez una película disponible online o algo así. También, me interesaría oír ...
by Twelfthroot
Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 199189

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

On that note, is there an easy idiomatic way to list only one item with the nuance that there is also other stuff? That is, "(object) and such". I was trying to say that there are plates and whatnot in the cupboard, so I wrote 皿や戸棚に入っている but was marked off. Perhaps 皿など戸棚に入っている? Or would I ...
by Twelfthroot
Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that sound like what they mean
Replies: 33
Views: 41868

Re: Words that sound like what they mean

I think http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_symbolism will prove to be an interesting read for you; it describes a range of phenomena that pertain to the connection of semantics and sound. I don't think you're likely to find examples quite like the ones you've selected though -- as you mention, the a...
by Twelfthroot
Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Questions about Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
Replies: 10
Views: 4392

Re: Questions about Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

A very wide breadth of topics could fit under or near the header of pertaining to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. Two pieces came to my mind first... there was a study ( http://papafragou.psych.udel.edu/papers/lietal.pdf ) on Tseltal Mayans, who have a geocentric or absolute reference frame (my professo...
by Twelfthroot
Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Should English be the international language?
Replies: 202
Views: 30819

Re: Should English be the international language?

This reminded me of something. I'm a native Spanish speaker (Argentina), recently I watched a mexican film, "Rudo y Cursi", and, except for the one character that was Argentinian, I had a lot of trouble understanding what they were saying. My girlfriend, who is a native Mexican Spanish sp...
by Twelfthroot
Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: So a noun (and its plural) walk[s] into a bar...
Replies: 4
Views: 1830

Re: So a noun (and its plural) walk[s] into a bar...

As with many borderline / irregularly-prescribed grammar situations, I'd suggest you use whichever you think to be most fitting as long as you can defend it. If you think Desmond (and Molly) as one entity in some sense, use a singular verb; if you think the parenthesized agent is a likely participan...
by Twelfthroot
Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Third Language
Replies: 12
Views: 2072

Re: Third Language

What are your goals in studying this language? Which you should choose depends if you want to be able to read Pablo Nerudo or see Carmen, or take on a linguistic challenge, or talk to some foreign friends. That aside-- The wealth of Latin words in both languages will be a terrific aid in vocabulary ...
by Twelfthroot
Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas Conservatives Change Curriculum - Warp Innocent Minds
Replies: 97
Views: 8199

Re: Texas Conservatives Change Curriculum - Warp Innocent Mi

While my gut reaction is to writhe in pain and facepalm vigorously, it's difficult to pin down what exactly this will affect and how. Several of the facts they want to include--the more violent approach of the Black Panthers, the Republican votes for Civil Rights legislation--are factual, as far as ...
by Twelfthroot
Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 199189

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

こんばんは、みなさん。
誰か日本語を習うためのいい音楽を薦めてくれないか。

Hopefully, I just asked for recommendations on good music to use for learning Japanese (and enjoyment).

今、嵐やキッコーマンだけ知っているんだ。それはいいけど...
(でもその『Love So Sweet』という歌はよく覚えやすいね)
by Twelfthroot
Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0707: "Joshing"
Replies: 63
Views: 19082

Re: "Joshing" Discussion

the expression "joshing" comes from a counterfeiter named "Josh Tatum" and thus it means fooling somebody, or more recently telling a joke. Do you happen to have a source for this? As far as I know, nobody is really entirely sure where the verb 'josh' in that sense comes from, t...
by Twelfthroot
Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0706: "Freedom"
Replies: 122
Views: 27957

Re: "Freedom" Discussion

I'm interested that a couple people have seen a similarity between the comic and the style of Calvin and Hobbes. I agree to an extent, but did anybody see this one as vaguely Schulzian? Something about it felt very Linus-Lucy-like to me. Once, my friend decided to demonstrate her ultimate freedom of...
by Twelfthroot
Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man flies plane into building, Austin Texas.
Replies: 51
Views: 5999

Re: Man flies plane into building, Austin Texas.

I'm intrigued that there is clearly "no cause for concern" that carrying out an ideologically driven dramatic and violent attack endangering noncombatants to protest a governmental policy could be terrorism.
by Twelfthroot
Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 216064

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

Ah, gracias por la ayuda. Tocante a tu pregunta, la frase verbal pass out en inglés no significa 'aprobar' sino 'distribuir'. El profesor les está dando los examenes a los estudiantes, quizá haciendo comentarios sobre sus notas mientras regresándoselos. (Supongo que la idea de la formación pass out ...
by Twelfthroot
Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 216064

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

Como yo lo entiendo (y como creo que mi amiga mexicana ha mencionado en pasada), el pronombre de objeto indirecto no necesita el uso del pronombre de objeto directo, y usarlo sirve para emfatizar el objeto directo. Por supuesto, hay construcciones donde el pronombre de objecto directo es obligatorio...
by Twelfthroot
Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fight Censorship! Have the middle-schoolers swear in class?
Replies: 92
Views: 6784

Re: Fight Censorship! Have the middle-schoolers swear in class?

Example: "I don't give a f**k what you think" translates to "I don't give a sex what you think." In what sense are you claiming it "translates" to that? It means exactly "I don't give a fuck what you think." Possible paraphrases are "I don't give a shit ...
by Twelfthroot
Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 216064

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

Ah, recientamente descubrí el diccionario de la Real Academía Española (http://buscon.rae.es/draeI/). Si hay alguien que esté estudiando castellano y ya no esté familiarizado con él (o algo así), lo recomiendo mucho. Además de tener, por supuesto, definiciones en español (lo cual ayuda mucho en la c...
by Twelfthroot
Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Problems & Solutions of learning multi-languages
Replies: 10
Views: 2204

Re: Problems & Solutions of learning multi-languages

Regarding a reduction of vocabulary in bilingual people, it's worth pointing out that any reasonable estimate of how long it would take to gain a college-level vocabulary still leaves plenty of time to repeat the act at least a couple times in other languages. Once one has come to wield a respectabl...
by Twelfthroot
Fri Oct 30, 2009 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 216064

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

Eso plantea la pregunta, ¿cómo se diría 'creeper' en español, en el sentido de una persona que acecharía a alguien, o que quizá estaría en un rincón oscuro canturreándose a sí mismo mientras te mira? Mi amiga mexicana me dijo que le llevó tiempo entender enteramente la palabra inglesa 'sketchy' (com...
by Twelfthroot
Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Don't end like Socrates
Replies: 21
Views: 3564

Re: Don't end like Socrates

If you don't mind my asking, Whitebeard, what is your age group? As a college student, my conversations with my friends or even peers I don't know are just as likely to be about physics, etymology, or the moral implications of our actions as they are to be about what we did at a party or whatnot. Af...
by Twelfthroot
Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 216064

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

sam.rem: Si bien creo que CloudedLeopard quisiera decir 'pesadilla', que significa 'nightmare', no es imposible que estuviera formando el diminutivo de 'pesado', para decir que el subjuntivo es un asunto un poco intenso. ...tal vez. A lo quien me preguntó, episodios de La Vida Moderna de Rocko estab...
by Twelfthroot
Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0639: "Lincoln-Douglas"
Replies: 94
Views: 18045

Re: "Lincoln-Douglas" Discussion

I saw it as a commentary on the rapidly falling level of discourse in the country ("You lie!") This is how I took it as well; as such I found the comic fairly amusing. Though the political party names of the time were flip-flopped, I assume that since the emphasis was on 'after his loss,'...
by Twelfthroot
Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Yet another "Student Versus ESL Teacher" thread
Replies: 32
Views: 5336

Re: Yet another "Student Versus ESL Teacher" thread

Both sound fine to me, though I am inclined to suggest that neither needs "in the future," as it adds nothing to the meaning of the sentence - when else could this hypothetical event take place? Unless it serves some stylistic purpose, as if this appeared in an overly motif-laden play abou...
by Twelfthroot
Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0629: "Skins"
Replies: 144
Views: 29838

Re: "Skins" Discussion

You know, I had always sort of categorized furrydom as one of those fetishes I would raise an eyebrow at and avoid pornography of its type, but would be willing to experience if it was what got my significant other going. (In contrast with, say, coprophilia, which I just don't think I could bring my...
by Twelfthroot
Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Beating the anti-bot letter-images
Replies: 16
Views: 3198

Beating the anti-bot letter-images

Pardon the vague title; I haven't a clue what they're called, but... I was wondering lately about the progress of software in reading the images that websites use to verify the humanity of their viewers - the ones which typically feature letters obscured by intersecting lines, blur, font effects or ...

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