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by linguoboy
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Intelligibility between dialect and standard language
Replies: 5
Views: 964

Re: Intelligibility between dialect and standard language

Speaking of Spanish accents, I find a similar pattern to what Travis has identified: I have no trouble with lack of distinción or yeísmo , both of which involve the merger of segments. But aspiration of /s/ presents more of a challenge and the hardest dialects of all are Caribbean dialects with wide...
by linguoboy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlearn
Replies: 669
Views: 50424

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

Last night, a friend repeatedly pronounced Thames [θeɪ̭mz] until another friend couldn't take it any more and corrected him. Even after that, he changed to [tʰæmz], presumably under the influence of the spelling. (Before anyone asks: He's from Indiana, not the Northeast, so he probably isn't being i...
by linguoboy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: French politics thread
Replies: 35
Views: 3053

Re: French politics thread

jmcd wrote:Can this En Marche government get any worse?
I would think even a cursory glance at 20th-century French politics would yield the answer, "Yes. By quite a lot."
by linguoboy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Faites-le le
Replies: 10
Views: 2008

Re: Faites-le le

zompist wrote:What did you put on on Saturday?

there may be a tiny pause after the first "on", which isn't needed for

What did you put on last Saturday?
I'm actually more likely to add a pause to:

What did you put on Saturday?

to make it clear on belongs to the phrasal verb and not the prepositional phrase.
by linguoboy
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 652815

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Ein Freund von mir hat grade Rocher-Eis entdeckt. Er würde die Herausforderung gerne annehmen.
A friend of mine just discovered Rocher ice cream. He'd gladly accept your challenge.
by linguoboy
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 96228

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

Porn star's attorney alleging Trump affair to offer reward (WaPo)

First three times reading this, it was just word salad.
by linguoboy
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Offglides
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Re: Offglides

yangfiretiger121 wrote:According to some linguists, such as /kˡ/, are no different than clusters, such as /kl/. By this logic, would /nʲ/ be the same as /ɲ/?
Who is /kˡ/ and where can I read their articles? They sound rad.
by linguoboy
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: The Contradictory Feelings Thread
Replies: 933
Views: 84945

Re: The Contradictory Feelings Thread

My husband was an avid art collector. A few years before he died, he talked to someone from a local art museum about selling or donating some of his collection. She was very interested in his Japanese graphic art, but for some reason the museum didn't approve the acquisition. I've been struggling wi...
by linguoboy
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29022

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

hwhatting wrote:
linguoboy wrote:I swear, every day this week has felt like it should have been Friday but wasn't.
Good news: Today really is Friday. ;-)
I remain to be convinced. 8)
by linguoboy
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29022

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

I swear, every day this week has felt like it should have been Friday but wasn't.
by linguoboy
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 652815

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Das Firma hat sich geirrt, indem ich bin nach Feedback über seinen "Support" gefragt worden. The company made the mistake of asking for my feedback on their "support". Der Tenor meiner Antwort was "Was meinen Sie 'Support'?" Vertrösten ist kein "Support"! The thrust of my reply was, "What support?"...
by linguoboy
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path
Replies: 1058
Views: 96228

Re: Confusing headlines and other trips down the garden path

Sinclair Broadcasting under fire for fake news script (Salon)
by linguoboy
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 652815

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Ich wurde gezwungen, mein Hochdeutsch des 19. Jahrhunderts zu üben, da Amazon.de beim Liefern ein von mir bestelltes Buch versagt hat. I had to give my 19th-century High German a workout because Amazon.de failed to deliver a book I ordered. Es ist pervers befriedigend, wenn man ein Wort wie "Untäti...
by linguoboy
Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlearn
Replies: 669
Views: 50424

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

Wait, you mean there are people who actually call it parme[d͡ʒ]an? I've never heard that pronunciation. As Soap says, the most common alternative is with [z]. (Apparently this is the usual pronunciation in the UK.) I don't think it constitutes a "spelling pronunciation" unless it can be shown that ...
by linguoboy
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 652815

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

jal wrote:Samstag fahre ich ab nach Saarbrücken, wie jedes Jahr während Oster. Dort gibt es die Revision demo party.
Was zum Teufel ist eine "Revision demo" und wieso hat das eine Party?
What the hell is a "Revision demo" and why does it get to have a party?
by linguoboy
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29022

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

It was really shocking from a British perspective, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't deliberate hatefulness, merely a failure to grasp the full sectarian significance of the suggestion. I'm not so sure. Anti-Catholicism in the USA used to be vicious and it's not dead yet. My last year of Catholic grade...
by linguoboy
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlearn
Replies: 669
Views: 50424

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

And even though I do not actually recall hearing or saying Elijah , for some reason the default pronunciation that comes to mind is the hyperforeign one. I wonder if it has something to do with position. I've having a harder time coming up with examples of deaffrication in postconsonantal or initia...
by linguoboy
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 652815

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Aber doch am Fin de Siècle!
But at the fin de siècle!
by linguoboy
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlearn
Replies: 669
Views: 50424

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

Do you mean it rhymes with delicious for you? That's exactly what I'm saying. So perhaps this represents another source of analogy (since salacious is not a word I use often--and I've even caught myself saying that with tonic /ɪ/ before). A lot of people have /ʒ/ for <j> in 'Beijing' and 'Azerbaija...
by linguoboy
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlearn
Replies: 669
Views: 50424

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

I don't know whether I say fallacious with stressed /ɪ/ by simple analogy with the noun or out of a historical desire to avoid homophony with fellatio.
by linguoboy
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29022

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

Is that place even open on Mondays? EDIT: Can you just get something that doesn't have fish in it? I'm not sure how much they offer which doesn't feature fish, but I plan to favour the cooked dishes. I told my friend that next year he needs to get the drop on everyone and choose his restaurant well...
by linguoboy
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 29022

Re: Venting thread that still excludes eddy

Two of my friends share a birthday today and one was complaining to me about the other's choice of restaurant. When we heard he wanted rotary sushi, I was like, It won't be good but I'll humour him. Then I realised it's Monday which--unless things have changed--is traditionally the day fresh fish ma...
by linguoboy
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Voynich manuscript
Replies: 40
Views: 5282

Re: Voynich manuscript

You confused me there - note that the "original" decipherment you're talking about there is a different (and later?) one than the decipherment talked about at the beginning of this thread. I confused myself! I do remember being amused by two different decipherments hitting the news in quick success...
by linguoboy
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlearn
Replies: 669
Views: 50424

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

Interesting. I would say that Americans are significantly more likely to have familiarity with Spanish than French, actually--who doesn't know greetings/how to count to ten in Spanish? Spanish speakers so vastly outnumber French speakers in the US, too. Speakers don't even have to know that /ʃ/ for...
by linguoboy
Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlearn
Replies: 669
Views: 50424

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

I only learned a while ago that "courier" doesn't rhyme with "warrior". And I thought "carapace" ended in /əs/--maybe I was comparing it to "populace--but it seems like the typical pronunciation is actually with /eɪs/. My family has always used /ə/ and Dad has a masters in animal science. (He wrote...