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by Simmalti
Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:53 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Survey on language learning beliefs
Replies: 45
Views: 4804

Re: Survey on language learning beliefs

Done. Interesting survey. Studying word lists doesn't work for me, I use Anki, and what I do is first start with single words, and as I progress I enter either small phrases or even whole sentences into the software. This has helped me a lot with Icelandic, since you have to remember the different d...
by Simmalti
Sat Oct 08, 2011 7:11 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The humour of similar-sounding words
Replies: 104
Views: 8868

Re: The humour of similar-sounding words

"Boss" in maltese is an imperative form meaning "Fart!"

And someone from this board who came to Malta this summer pointed out "titfix" to me, which means "Do not switch off"
(The plural of which is even worse - "titfux")
by Simmalti
Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:33 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, sir?)
Replies: 5496
Views: 307277

Re: ZBB member photos, part 5. (save the exhibitionism threa

Risla wrote:
Simmalti wrote:I don't always wake up, but when I do, I'm still asleep
Congratulations, you just described my entire life.
Do I win anything?
by Simmalti
Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, sir?)
Replies: 5496
Views: 307277

Re: ZBB member photos, part 5. (save the exhibitionism threa

I don't always wake up, but when I do, I'm still asleep
by Simmalti
Thu Oct 06, 2011 3:08 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, sir?)
Replies: 5496
Views: 307277

Re: ZBB member photos, part 5. (save the exhibitionism threa

You probably won't think I'm being sincere, but you're not ugly at all, finlay. I agree with Astraios - you're neither ugly, nor as fat as you think you are. And if someone here posts a photo of themselves, and s/he's a good-looking person, of course there are going to be people who'll comment abou...
by Simmalti
Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, sir?)
Replies: 5496
Views: 307277

Re: ZBB member photos, part 5. (save the exhibitionism threa

Astraios wrote:EDIT: Page 143. The sleeping picture.
He has one eye semi-open. Cute. :P
by Simmalti
Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:45 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Gemination in triliteral languages
Replies: 9
Views: 878

Re: Gemination in triliteral languages

Something like Archi has initial geminates, and Maltese does (but always following a vowel: hi ssir she becomes ~ int issir you become , where the initial i- is epenthetic). Maltese also has final ones like Arabic. Yes, and initial gemination can also change the meaning. The example that comes to m...
by Simmalti
Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, sir?)
Replies: 5496
Views: 307277

Re: ZBB member photos, part 5. (travel plans. nobody cares.)

Astraios wrote: Also, you have purple eyes. O.O
That's the first thing I noticed
by Simmalti
Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:34 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Diachrony of stress shifts and lexical stress
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Re: Diachrony of stress shifts and lexical stress

Another example may be two words merging together.

E.g.:
/'oʊ.vəɻ/ + /'vju/ = /'oʊ.vəɻ.vju/

stress shifts to first syllable
by Simmalti
Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:16 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Diachrony of stress shifts and lexical stress
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Re: Diachrony of stress shifts and lexical stress

Syllable loss may be one.
For example if the stress is always on the penultimate syllable, and through sound changes, either it or the last syllable gets lost.

(Hypothetical) e.g.
/ba.'ba.ha/ > /h/ gets lost > /ba.'ba:/

stress shifts to the last syllable
by Simmalti
Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, sir?)
Replies: 5496
Views: 307277

Re: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Now talking cock.)

Trimmers are way convenient! Much faster and less hassle than actual shaving
by Simmalti
Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:06 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread
Replies: 3108
Views: 223431

Re: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread

I say /ˈlɛ.ʒɛr/, but today I heard someone say /lɪ.ˈʒjʊɚ/. I have no idea where he was from, but he spoke English. I didn't ask him because I was eavesdropping :P
That particular pronunciation struck me as weird
by Simmalti
Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread
Replies: 3108
Views: 223431

Re: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread

How do you guys pronounce "leisure"? I've heard at least three different varieties
by Simmalti
Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:27 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB Census
Replies: 356
Views: 35281

Re: ZBB Census

Viktor77 wrote:I was going to do Europe and Canada but the results were rather boring and uninteresting.
How dare you call Europeans boring! Shun!
by Simmalti
Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:16 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Accents
Replies: 76
Views: 4476

Re: Accents

So you could say that Australian Maltese is different from Maltese Maltese in some of the same ways Australian English is different from English English? Well first, most of the Maltese people that emigrated to Australia in the 60s were from small villages that had different dialects than the stand...
by Simmalti
Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:29 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Accents
Replies: 76
Views: 4476

Re: Accents

Astraios wrote:"they sound like Maltese speakers with an Australian accent"
This. Like for example, their "r"s sound very Australian, and so does their intonation (they end their sentences like questions), but their grammar and vocabulary etc is flawless
by Simmalti
Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:39 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Accents
Replies: 76
Views: 4476

Re: Accents

My father's aunts emigrated to Australia in their early 20's, and they've all developed thick Australian accents. Even while speaking Maltese, which is their native language, they speak it with an Australian accent.
by Simmalti
Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Accents
Replies: 76
Views: 4476

Re: Accents

Torco wrote:
Cristina Scabbia
*drools*
Wow, she looks great!

Lacuna Coil is an awesome band, too
by Simmalti
Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:19 am
Forum: Conlangery & Conworlds
Topic: Lexicon Building
Replies: 4308
Views: 332502

Re: Lexicon Building

Izo wrote:Next word: college (university)
Melokos:
n masoqotl - from maso wisdom and (q)otl a suffix meaning "maker of"
Z500 wrote:[jɪ̤ː.rɐʔ]
This (without the breathy voice) looks like it could be a Maltese word


Next word:
stapler
by Simmalti
Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:10 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Sounds That You Can/Can't Pronounce Easily
Replies: 322
Views: 24252

Re: Sounds That You Can/Can't Pronounce Easily

Io wrote:Does the following sound more like "bin" or "pin" to a native English speaker: http://ireylo.free.fr/where.wma
To me this is definitely a /p/. In Maltese, the voicing of /b/ would start while your mouth is still closed
by Simmalti
Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: ZBB accent archive
Replies: 98
Views: 4204

Re: ZBB accent archive

Torco wrote:Hell, Simmalti, Maltese sounds fucking COOL!
Haha, thanks? :P

You have a cool-sounding voice, btw. Your English text was a bit "bumpy" though
by Simmalti
Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:27 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, sir?)
Replies: 5496
Views: 307277

Re: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Now talking cock.)

wood... knobs...
Are we sure we're talking about doors here?
by Simmalti
Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Accents
Replies: 76
Views: 4476

Re: Accents

One interesting thing to note, I think, is that some people I know, often sing with a much better accent than they talk. I've noticed this as well! Even myself, I tend to sing in a better accent than I speak (my singing voice still leaves much to be desired though) And what Decland said: I don't th...