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by Mega85
Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: grade school teachers teaching phonics adding "uh" to the end of consonant sounds.
Replies: 4
Views: 3714

Re: grade school teachers teaching phonics adding "uh" to the end of consonant sounds.

It can create problems for kids when trying to sound out words. "fan" "fuh a nuh" "fuhanuh". "fff a nnn" sounds more like "fan". For the voiced plosives "b", "d" and "g" it is impossible to say them without a little vowe...
by Mega85
Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: grade school teachers teaching phonics adding "uh" to the end of consonant sounds.
Replies: 4
Views: 3714

grade school teachers teaching phonics adding "uh" to the end of consonant sounds.

What do you think about this? The letter "b" makes the sound "buh". The letter "f" makes the sound "fuh". The letter "m" makes the sound "muh". The letter "l" makes the sound "luh". The letter "r" makes the sou...
by Mega85
Sat Mar 26, 2016 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of "who" referring to inanimate objects.
Replies: 13
Views: 7871

Use of "who" referring to inanimate objects.

Have you heard this? I've heard some people use "who" when referring to an inanimate object. It sounds odd to me. I'm at a fast food place and say what I'd like and they don't hear it and they respond "you'd like a who?". This has happened to me at times at restaurants and it sou...
by Mega85
Sat Mar 19, 2016 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are people required to burp?
Replies: 8
Views: 3320

Are people required to burp?

I've always thought that people are required to burp. It's like passing gas. However I had a teacher who would tell the class that people don't actually have to burp and that it was a disgusting thing to do. It thought it was ridiculous. However I once had this teacher who whenever someone in the cl...
by Mega85
Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 223032

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do you pronounce "jewelry"? I've heard it pronounced as /dʒɹ̩i/. Lots of times when I'm at Walmart and someone is needed in the jewelry section they will get on the intercom and make the announcement "customer needs assistance in jury". It sounds so funny.
by Mega85
Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the plural of computer mouse?
Replies: 12
Views: 5876

What is the plural of computer mouse?

Is it mice or mouses? Also what is the plural of Walkman? Walkmans or Walkmen? Yeah, I know they are obsolete, but what is the correct plural? Also what is the plural of Bluetooth? Bluetooths or Blueteeth?
by Mega85
Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Plural of "Octopus"
Replies: 89
Views: 50168

Re: Plural of "Octopus"

I've heard "media" being singular. I've even sometimes heard "medias" used for the plural of singular "media".
by Mega85
Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?

True, it does sound like she has more of a diphthong in "long" and "lost" – perhaps [ɒʊ] – compared with [ɔː] in "daughter". This might indicate that the conditions that produced the lot-cloth split – a following voiceless fricative or voiced velar – are still in opera...
by Mega85
Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is math real?
Replies: 105
Views: 15933

Re: Is math real?

doogly wrote:Hmm. What are some things that aren't real?


Dragons
Unicorns
Fairies
Planet X
The Counter-Earth
by Mega85
Wed Feb 24, 2016 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is math real?
Replies: 105
Views: 15933

Re: Is math real?

doogly wrote:Provide a list of five or so different things that you consider to be "real." Then we can decide if math should also be on that list.


Trees
Dogs
Water
Gravity
Fire
by Mega85
Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is math real?
Replies: 105
Views: 15933

Re: Is math real?

I'd say that math is real, and that saying it's a human invention is just as incorrect as saying that time is a human invention.
by Mega85
Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is math real?
Replies: 105
Views: 15933

Is math real?

Is math a real thing or is it a human invention?
by Mega85
Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?

Is "parent" typically pronounced [pæɹənt] or [pɛəɹənt] for those who distinguish Mary, marry and merry? I think I've heard [pæɹənt] before.
by Mega85
Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?

I've read that in Philadelphia they make a three way distinction of "Mary", "marry" and "merry". However "merry" merges with "Murray", called the furry-ferry merger.
by Mega85
Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?

That dictionary also gives a two way distinction of the vowels in "fairy", "ferry" and "carry" for American English. http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/american/fairy http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/american/ferry http://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...
by Mega85
Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?

According to that dictionary, British people use long vowels in "Utah" and Americans use short vowels.
by Mega85
Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?

Yeah, I've heard Southerners pronounce "on" as [ɑʊn]. I've heard it pronounce like the word "own" by people trying to use a Southern pronunciation, exaggerating the diphthong.
by Mega85
Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?

Something that I found strange is apparently "Utah" has /ɔː/ for the last vowel in RP and "restaurant" has /ɒː/ rather than the expected vowel /ɑː/ in both words. Goes to show, spelling doesn't always indicate which words have what vowel for those who make a three way distinction...
by Mega85
Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?

On questions like that, I think you should turn to well-regarded American dictionaries like Merriam-Webster, American Heritage or Dictionary.com. They'll generally list common pronunciations in order of frequency. In the case of "broccoli", though, no dictionary that I can find attests a ...
by Mega85
Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?

How is the word "broccoli" pronounced for those with the lot-cloth split? Is it "brockly" or "brawkly"? I think it would be "brawkly" for them, but I may be wrong.
by Mega85
Fri Feb 19, 2016 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Anyone here from Massachusetts?
Replies: 6
Views: 3749

Anyone here from Massachusetts?

And If so, would you refer to a drink like a Pepsi or a Dr Pepper as a tonic?
by Mega85
Fri Feb 19, 2016 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Talkin bout my generation.
Replies: 0
Views: 3943

Talkin bout my generation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN5zw04 ... em2LGNAx0g

Are they trying to sound like American Southerners here? When they say "generation" it sounds like "gineration".


Song by the English group, The Who.
by Mega85
Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if-UzXIQ5vw I think the lead singer in R.E.M. might have the cot-caught merger. The vowel he uses in "thought" sounds the same as he uses in "not" to me. If he does make a distinction between the two vowels, it's not a very big one. "I thought...
by Mega85
Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?

http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7nkL/center-for- ... r-children

In this commercial it sounds like the speaker is using a different vowel in "daughter" than she uses in "long" and "lost".
by Mega85
Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

Re: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?

I'm from Georgia, USA. I have both the father-bother merger and the cot-caught merger. The thing is, when Americans distinguish "cot" and "caught" with [ɑ(ː)] vs. [ɒ(ː)] I can't tell the difference, but I can hear the difference when Britons distinguish "father" and &qu...
by Mega85
Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?
Replies: 31
Views: 8292

American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?

American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/? /Q_c/? I can tell when Britons distinguish between /Q/ and /A/, but can't tell when Americans do so.
by Mega85
Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Odd Pronunciations
Replies: 19
Views: 7287

Re: Odd Pronunciations

I saw this: Well, if you use the GH as in "enouGH" the O as in "maggOt" and the TI as in "marTIal" it'd be pronounced FISH. So what then, should the correct spelling of "Potato" be? If GH can stand for P as in Hiccough If OUGH can stand for O as in Dough If PH...
by Mega85
Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 223032

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

But one variation that I've only heard from Massachusetts folk – and which I've never seen mentioned in any text – is /gʌt/ for "got". I used to have this myself, but eventually dropped it when I began playing with my accent. I believe Penn Gillette uses it. Another one, which I have seen...

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