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by MLConian
Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 174950

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

Going back to the original idea of the thread, I want an English equivalent to the friend word "chez" It's quite utilitarian/multipurpose - I like it much better than adding the 's to somebody's name, because that can get annoying. Illustration: "Where are you going?" "Chri...
by MLConian
Sat Jan 31, 2009 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How do you punctuate this?
Replies: 15
Views: 2302

Re: How do you punctuate this?

The question mark ends the sentence, so it shouldn't have the second comma. For example you wouldn't write this: "Are you going out?, because I want to go shopping" When you remove the quotes it seems to be clearer. A quote is a sentence within a sentence, so the comma after the questionm...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)
Replies: 418
Views: 136497

Re: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)

That seems to be the gist of it. Somehow, I've managed to become bi-lingual Dutch/English (wasn't raised bi-lingual), while treating both languages as seperate things. So I tend to write sentences in Dutch and then end up not knowing exactly what it means in English, but also the other way around. ...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 89641

Re: Mnemonics you love

My dad came up with a mnemonic he used to learn the strings on a guitar (it's Dutch though):

Een Aap Die Geen Bananen Eet.

(A monkey that doesn't eat bananas.)
by MLConian
Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How do you punctuate this?
Replies: 15
Views: 2302

Re: How do you punctuate this?

Even though she said: "Don't you think that one's better?", I was unsure of her motives.

That's what I'd do.
by MLConian
Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352712

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

One thing that has always interested me was how a whole lot of Japanese names are literally just Japanese words or very close to them/their-pronunciation or are multiple words put together. Why can they disassociate the words with names but we can't? Our names also used to mean something - mostly i...
by MLConian
Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352712

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

One thing that has always interested me was how a whole lot of Japanese names are literally just Japanese words or very close to them/their-pronunciation or are multiple words put together. Why can they disassociate the words with names but we can't? Just a wild guess here... The Japanese give name...
by MLConian
Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 89641

Re: Mnemonics you love

The only sort-of mnemonic I ever used was the one that helped me pronounce the word as a kid...

The M in mnemonic is silent,
much like the q in burrito.
by MLConian
Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352712

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Poor guy, I feel for you. Especially with those new ads featuring previously mentioned clown... You're right about the "oe" sound being short. To illustrate: take the Dutch "moe" and the English "goose". The sound itself is the same, only the "oo" in goose is ...
by MLConian
Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352712

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

AFAIK both is possible and in koen it's long as in food, i.e. [u:]. With my phonetics book in hand: the Dutch "oe" sound (/u/) is indeed close to the "goose" vowel (/u:/), but it is not close to the "foot" vowel (/ʊ/). Funny thing is that Dutch trying to learn English ...
by MLConian
Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: One space or two?
Replies: 94
Views: 17406

Re: One space or two?

I always use a single space. My dad's a two-spacer though, but he doesn't only use it after a full stop... He uses a double space in front AND right after a comma as well, which makes his writing rather annoying to read. My university is keen on using MLA as the standard form for any written piece h...
by MLConian
Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352712

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

True, I forgot about that. You guys have "ou" as in "about", but also as in "you", stuff like that. English just doesn't generate the /oo/ from putting together /o/ and /e/, that's what I meant.
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)
Replies: 418
Views: 136497

Re: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)

Whoa, that actually surprises me! He used to get some airtime here in the Netherlands, but that was around the time he released "Papa". After the album "Vuur" the interest in Stef Bos kind of disappeared from the general Dutch audience, mainly because he started to record and per...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352712

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Most native speakers of English seem to think so, but Dutch has this neat little treat where it takes 2 seperate letters and turns it into one phoneme, in this case /e/ and /o/ resulting in /oo/. Heh, reading all of your reactions, maybe the problem isn't as big as I anticipated. That'd be neat, sin...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 111845

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall

Yet if you were to draw a syntax tree of the sentence "John likes England" and assign the theta-roles, you would have "John" as the experiencer of "likes" and "England" as the theme, revealing the structure of the old English interpretation of "to like&qu...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)
Replies: 418
Views: 136497

Re: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)

Alleen de inkopen waarschijnlijk. :P There used to be this ad on Dutch television for this brand of meal kits called "Wereld gerechten" (dishes of the world) which had bobotie as a meal kit, and in this ad they'd compare all sorts of Dutch expressions to their counterparts in Afrikaans. So...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 111845

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall

Syntax and interpretation are not linked. Syntax merely reveals relations between words. Feel free to correct my syntax trees, or discuss them. I rather like this conversation. :) The problem here is that the verb "to want" cannot be complementised by an AP, which means that either "b...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What games are you currently playing?
Replies: 107
Views: 11420

Re: What games are you currently playing?

Currently playing, on a weekly basis... XBox 360 : Mass Effect Racedriver GRID Guitar Hero 3 Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Wii : WiiSports (my parents are addicts and force me to join in the "fun"... I want my Wii back...) PSP : (my PSP had been gathering dust for about a year, until I s...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 111845

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall

Interpretation of the sentence depends on the context; the sentence in itself is grammatical, but the syntactic analysis reveals that in the current construction "both" is in the specifier position of a relative clause and needs to refer back to a previously mentioned entity. If this featu...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: XKCD PSN/XBL/Wii/Steam/Specific Game IDs
Replies: 188
Views: 243302

Re: XKCD PSN/XBL/Wii/Steam/Specific Game IDs

Xbox Live! Gamertag: MLConian

Wii Friend Code and Mario Kart DS code coming up, as soon as my Wii has its network connection back and my DS is fully recharged (stupid battery).
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 111845

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall

It bothers me when people use parallel structure incorrectly (it also bothers me when people spell parallel wrong, but that's another story...). For example, in this sentence: "I wanted both to eat and drink." When it should read "I wanted both to eat and to drink." or "I w...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)
Replies: 418
Views: 136497

Re: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)

Nederlanders en Afrikaners?! Cool! Nog een Nederlander hier dus, toevallig ook nog eens een student Engels. Dat Zuid-Afrikaans is toch nog best lastig lezen af en toe, de uitdrukkingen zijn nét even wat verschillend. Ik meen me te herinneren dat het Nederlandse "lift" in het Zuid-Afrikaan...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352712

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Monika wrote:I think I have never heard that word before, even after having lived in the US for a year.

Hmm... I've got some teachers from the USA, Australia and the UK and they all mentioned that it's racial slur the first time they had to pronounce my name.
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Virus help
Replies: 9
Views: 1290

Re: Virus help

i've already backed up my docs and program files before i installed Ubuntu. is nuking the best option here? also, i'm kind of n00bish with linux right now, and Google isn't helping. could i get some help for the force-mount code? i can't mount regularly because "windows wasn't stopped properly...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Computer dead - help!
Replies: 6
Views: 874

Re: Computer dead - help!

Normally beeping suggests mainboard failure, be it a failure to access RAM, harddisks, whatever, so it'd be safe to say: either open up the pc, disassemble it and then reassemble it (sounds weird, but it's helped me out quite a few times) or get a new mainboard. Graphics card meltdowns normally don'...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)
Replies: 418
Views: 136497

Re: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)

Nederlanders en Afrikaners?! Cool! Nog een Nederlander hier dus, toevallig ook nog eens een student Engels. Dat Zuid-Afrikaans is toch nog best lastig lezen af en toe, de uitdrukkingen zijn nét even wat verschillend. Ik meen me te herinneren dat het Nederlandse "lift" in het Zuid-Afrikaans...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 352712

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

How come no-one has mentioned Nicolas Cage's kid: Kal'el? The poor kiddo's been named after Superman... Scrolling back through the thread... I met a girl called Zhesykke (or something very similar, the exact spelling eludes me once, and yes, that is meant to be pronounced 'Jessica'. That's the worst...
by MLConian
Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 174950

Re: Missing Words, Words You Think We Should Have

Yeah, there is more or less a hole in the language there. "Partner" will probably come to work better and better, the more straight couples use it. But for now, it still generally has a gay connotation, whereby if a man you don't know who uses the word in a romantic context, most people's...

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