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by Ryusenshi
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlearn
Replies: 669
Views: 50320

Re: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlea

Yeah, me too. Actually, I think in French it's always /najk/, even in adverts.
by Ryusenshi
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread
Replies: 3108
Views: 221391

Re: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread

My guess:

ally [ˈalɑɪ]
human [ˈçʊ̈ʉmn̩]
Hugh [çʊ̈ʉː]
mackerel [ˈmakəɹo]
by Ryusenshi
Thu May 03, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The Contradictory Feelings Thread
Replies: 933
Views: 84806

Re: The Contradictory Feelings Thread

I have mixed feelings about the other guitarist in my band. I'm happy to have a second guitar, but... I don't think he's very good. I'm not speaking about technique: heck, I have limited technical abilities myself. The guy is by no means a beginner: he's in his forties, and owns about thirty guitars...
by Ryusenshi
Thu May 03, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: French politics thread
Replies: 35
Views: 3044

Re: French politics thread

I can't even tell who's supposed to be the opposition party. The last election seems to have broken the traditional two-party system. When there are only two major parties, it's obvious who is the "opposition party": it's the major one that's not in power. Now nobody knows who's a "major" or "minor...
by Ryusenshi
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Creativity of the day
Replies: 1704
Views: 143395

Re: Creativity of the day

I've been building and repairing guitar pedals. I fixed my father's old fuzz and wah pedal from the 70's. What it looks like: https://image.noelshack.com/minis/2018/17/5/1524782382-dsci0461.png http://files.effectsdatabase.com/gear/pics/electronicsounds_wahfuzzswell_001.jpg (The second one isn't the...
by Ryusenshi
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: What do you call...
Replies: 22
Views: 2382

Re: What do you call...

IANANS, but here are my impressions anyway. There's a kind of literary trope where authors avoid giving the referent for awhile, sometimes several sentences into their piece. That makes some of these more acceptable to me. A-D don't work partly because they're so mundane they don't trigger this trop...
by Ryusenshi
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlearn
Replies: 669
Views: 50320

Re: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlea

For a long time, I thought fuzz had the FOOT vowel.
by Ryusenshi
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread
Replies: 3108
Views: 221391

Re: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread

Interestingly enough, while I mostly pronounce it the Spanish way, I think I pronounce the first vowel in leche as /ɛ/, at least in context of that phrase. That's weird--I know perfectly well it's supposed to be /e/, and I learned about the food from Spanish speakers. Meh, Spanish doesn't distingui...
by Ryusenshi
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: French politics thread
Replies: 35
Views: 3044

Re: French politics thread

Yeah, I've watched with despair my country turn into a semi-dictatorship with a few, seemingly unimportant changes in the election system. The switch in 2000 from a 7-year term to a 5-year term sealed it down: it ended up strengthening the President's power considerably. The legislative election sho...
by Ryusenshi
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Happy Things Thread
Replies: 969
Views: 250586

Re: Happy Things Thread

My birthday present:
Image

5 watts of juicy Marshall tone.
by Ryusenshi
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: French politics thread
Replies: 35
Views: 3044

Re: French politics thread

As usual, words are ambiguous. For instance, François-René Rideau (a friend of a friend) call himself a "libéral", and his positions fit what you'd call "libertarian" (anti-government, against government-supported monopolies, pro-free software, interested in cryptocurrencies...).
by Ryusenshi
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: French politics thread
Replies: 35
Views: 3044

Re: French politics thread

Think "neoliberalism", which is about deregulation, lower taxes, and corporatism. It's a concept often associated with conservatives (from Reagan and Thatcher to Dubya Bush). This is what the French now understand by "libéralisme". Yes, both of these words are hopelessly vague. I know that. By the w...
by Ryusenshi
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Faites-le le
Replies: 10
Views: 2002

Re: Faites-le le

Faites-le le plus souvent faites-le le soir du 23 décembre Faites-les les lire I don't think I do anything special here. The second le will often be reduced to /l/ with the schwa elided, if the following word starts with a consonant that isn't /l/. Also, there will often be an intonation break betw...
by Ryusenshi
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Innovative Usage Thread
Replies: 2452
Views: 175977

Re: The Innovative Usage Thread

Yesterday, a student saw me through an open window, and said to her friends: /temajaki, temajaki/. No, this isn't the name of a Japanese dish. This is slangy French for "lookit who's there". /tema/ is Verlan for matez . In my idiolect, mater is a colloquial word for "to gaze, to ogle"; but teenagers...
by Ryusenshi
Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Happy Things Thread
Replies: 969
Views: 250586

Re: Happy Things Thread

I've been accepted to the Master's program I applied to! :-D

Finally, FINALLY I will be able to leave behind this awful, awful job.
by Ryusenshi
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread
Replies: 3108
Views: 221391

Re: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread

draw
core
drawer (piece of furniture)
drawer (person who draws)
lawnmower
by Ryusenshi
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 652372

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Est-ce qu'il y a si peu de gens qui ai en t un/e époux/se ou un amour?? J'aurais juré que je connaissais plus de gens que ça. Je suis heureux que tu aies reçu un peu d'amour de la mère de ton ami au moins. In writing, contractions such as y'a , qu'aient for qui aient , and t'aies for tu aies are ve...
by Ryusenshi
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Classical Composers
Replies: 103
Views: 9259

Re: Classical Composers

Some belated thoughts on the conversation we had a month ago... I think you have to bear in mind that classical music isn't really very intellectual - it's much more to do with raw emotion. You don't have to analyse "what things mean" or where the modulations are - you don't have to be "confused". Y...
by Ryusenshi
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Classical Composers
Replies: 103
Views: 9259

Re: Classical Composers

Uh, yes, that's what I was trying to say: that Pete Townshend was pretty clear about the song's main source of inspiration. The song title is clearly a shout-out, and is unrelated to the actual lyrics. (And "Baba" refers to Meher Baba, his spiritual inspiration.) By the way, I prefer the live versio...
by Ryusenshi
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Classical Composers
Replies: 103
Views: 9259

Re: Classical Composers

Salmoneus wrote:The Who were outright impersonating Terry Riley at times.
They did, after all, call a song "Baba O'Riley".
by Ryusenshi
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Innovative Usage Thread
Replies: 2452
Views: 175977

Re: The Innovative Usage Thread

What is this dialect?
by Ryusenshi
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Are the h and ng sounds allophones?
Replies: 31
Views: 3412

Re: Are the h and ng sounds allophones?

The goat/goal split may also play a part: some people have the goal allophone before intervocalic /l/, as in holy , but not in slowly because of a morpheme boundary. I don't think anyone ever suggested seriously that [h] and [ŋ] are allophones; it seems to me a reductio ad absurdum to show that comp...
by Ryusenshi
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 28737

Re: Venting thread

Île-de-France has been covered in snow for two days. As a result, all buses have been canceled. Unfortunately, I rely on them to go to work... I had to leave home at 5AM to get to my high school on time. And only six students came.

Aaand it looks like I will have to do the same tomorrow morning.
by Ryusenshi
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread
Replies: 3108
Views: 221391

Re: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread

Leia Chewie I'm asking about these because of the hiatuses appearing in these words. I would pronounce them (in English) /ˈleɪ ə/ and /ˈtʃuː i/. Neither word is phonetically unusual. Both FACE /eɪ/ and GOOSE /uː/ are free vowels, and they're often followed by another vowel in the same word. Compare...
by Ryusenshi
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Pop music genres - help?
Replies: 53
Views: 4446

Re: Pop music genres - help?

My CD collection is just sorted alphabetically by artist name, and chronologically within the same artist. Oh, this is how I do it too. I said I added tags to the spreadsheet; I haven't changed the physical layout. I'm considering trying to make a database instead of a spreadsheet, incidentally, bu...