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Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Postby Monika » Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:58 pm UTC

Derek wrote:As flicky showed, in American cursive only the top left to bottom right line of x connects. You come back and cross the x later, like you would with a t.

The "crossing the t's" was the weirdest thing I heard in the US.

I can't write well with the mouse (the lower case i is totally messed up) but I think you get the idea:
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Eebster the Great wrote:A lot of the recommendations made no sense; for instance, one guide for writing letters indicated that all four strokes for a printed M or W should be top down. That may have made sense for a fountain pen, but with a ballpoint it's ridiculous.

At least with the kind of fountain pens we used for school it makes no sense, either.

In Germany the school handwriting is split.

East Germany: Rounded, connected upper case letters, generally very little lifting of the fountain pen, no unconnected letters I can think of.
West Germany except Bavaria: Upper case letters look like print letters and are unconnected (or unconnected most of the time, not sure), some other disconnects for some lower case letters inside words happen, too.
Bavaria: "Latin" script, a more traditional more complicated handwriting with a lot of loops

East Germany: taught in grade 1. (There is no kindergarten class like in the US where kids already learn reading and writing.)
West Germany: apparently some states teach reading in cursive for the first two years and then start reading in print, and most states print the first two years when handwriting and only start using cursive to write in 3rd grade. Not sure if the first variant is still a thing, but there used to be kids' books printed in cursive for 1st and 2nd graders in libraries.
Bavaria: Not sure, I suspect taught in grade 1.
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Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Postby Eebster the Great » Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:51 pm UTC

Monika wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:A lot of the recommendations made no sense; for instance, one guide for writing letters indicated that all four strokes for a printed M or W should be top down. That may have made sense for a fountain pen, but with a ballpoint it's ridiculous.

At least with the kind of fountain pens we used for school it makes no sense, either.

I still don't understand why anyone would choose to use a fountain pen, but you're right, it doesn't really make any sense either way (particularly for the pencils we were universally instructed to use). But it's still Zaner-Bloser's recommendation, and I think my elementary school used a lot of their materials.

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I've never seen anyone write in a manner remotely similar to that, but if you are trying to prove to kids that cursive is faster, maybe this stands as a good strawman for comparison.

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Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Postby Liri » Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:51 pm UTC

Four separate strokes for a 'w', wowza.
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Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Postby Eebster the Great » Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:59 pm UTC

Liri wrote:Four separate strokes for a 'w', wowza.

So many of them are baffling. The capital U is two strokes. The capital D has the loop drawn in the wrong orientation. The lowercase e is just . . . why?

It seems like it is designed for pens that only draw strong lines from top to bottom, and I can confirm that some caligraphy works that way. But this isn't caligraphy, it is the standard printed form. Also, the typeface they use is frankly ugly. Just look at that 4 and 5.

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Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Postby chridd » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:30 pm UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:The capital D has the loop drawn in the wrong orientation.
I use that orientation for the loop of the D, but I don't lift the pencil to do it. (I start with a downstroke, then retrace it upwards, then do the loop. I do that for other letters as well: A, B, M, N, P, R, b, m, n, p, r.)
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Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Postby Derek » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:50 am UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:
Liri wrote:Four separate strokes for a 'w', wowza.
The capital D has the loop drawn in the wrong orientation.

What do you consider the "right" orientation? Bottom to top? I agree with Chridd, I've always written capital D with a vertical line down, then back up (pen may be either down or up), and then the loop from top to bottom.

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Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Postby Eebster the Great » Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:37 am UTC

Derek wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:
Liri wrote:Four separate strokes for a 'w', wowza.
The capital D has the loop drawn in the wrong orientation.

What do you consider the "right" orientation? Bottom to top? I agree with Chridd, I've always written capital D with a vertical line down, then back up (pen may be either down or up), and then the loop from top to bottom.

Surely the natural way to write it is in a single stroke (in either direction), like the letter O.

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Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Postby chridd » Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:51 am UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:Surely the natural way to write it is in a single stroke (in either direction), like the letter O.
...but then it'll look like the letter O...
(Writing D the way I do is natural for me. I think it might have something to do with downward and leftward* strokes being more natural for me at the start or end of a letter, and/or because that's how I write B, and/or because that's the way I've always done it.)

* probably related to the fact that I write with my left hand
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Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Postby New User » Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:35 pm UTC

Yeah, that diagram by Eebster has some weird recommendations. I'm pretty certain that was not the way we were taught in school to form some of those letters, like capital M and N for example.

In school, I was taught to form the numeral 6 by starting at the top, and using one single stroke. But the numeral 9 was taught to be formed by first drawing a circle, then a vertical line straight down. When I was a young adult, I trained myself to form the numeral 9 in a single stroke, starting from the bottom, like an inverted 6. Also, I often now form the numeral 8 by drawing two separate little circles, instead of a single stroke like I did in school. As I recall, I was taught in school to draw a backwards capital S and then connect the edges with a straight line.

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Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Postby eSOANEM » Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:56 pm UTC

Whilst we're comparing handwriting I'll write my stuff up:

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I've written the stroke order for the capitals and the lower case forms are much neater here than in my usual fast writing; they're all one continual stroke apart from the x (which is two separate c's) and the cross on the t and z which are done after each word (which is also when I dot my i's and j's), if I'm sloppy or fast I often cross nearby t's with a continuous line (always if it two t's together <tt> and sometimes if there's a single vowel in between).

I think all of these are as I was taught in school (and as is fairly usual in the UK as I understand it) except: my x (which is usually only written this way in maths and which doesn't normally connect to the following letter), and my z (which I cross, because otherwise it looks like my 2 in quick writing). Until I was about 16 I also wrote my f's differently, starting like an s but then instead of continuing smoothly onto the next letter there'd be a new stroke crossing the s, I've put a pick below.

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I've also been taught my numbers are odd but they're all exactly as I was taught in school (apart from me having started crossing my 7's to make them more different in rapid writing). As far as I can tell the people saying my 5's are odd have just started doing them differently from what they were taught in school and doing it like an s and just trying to put some right angles in there.

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Like I say though, my rapid writing is waaaaay messier:

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Do nonrhotic speakers typically distinguish "formerly" and "formally"? I think they can be distinguished as "for muh lee" "formerly" vs. "for ml ee" at least for some nonrhotic speakers.


I have schwa, schwi, and schwu and I think formerly has a schwi second whereas formally definitely has a schwa. They're very close though.
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Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Postby HES » Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:58 pm UTC

eSOANEM wrote:I think all of these are as I was taught in school (and as is fairly usual in the UK as I understand it)

Yeah, exceptions excepted I was taught the same.

I print because my "joined up writing" is illegible. I blame left-handedness. I've taken to crossing my z's, 7's and 0's because if I'm writing rather than typing, I'm probably marking up an engineering drawing and the difference between Type-O and Type-0 matters.
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Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Postby Monika » Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:57 pm UTC

HES wrote:I print because my "joined up writing" is illegible. I blame left-handedness. I've taken to crossing my z's, 7's and 0's because if I'm writing rather than typing, I'm probably marking up an engineering drawing and the difference between Type-O and Type-0 matters.

There is a story that at a German hotel reception there was a sign that meant to tell them not to dial the zero after the code for placing an external call (all city codes start with 0), so the zero was crossed out. The computer scientists or engineers didn't understand what this was meant to say, they understood it as simply a zero.
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