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  • petalsbleedingbeak
    24.10.2021 - 26 minutes ago
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  • etymology-findings
    24.10.2021 - 34 minutes ago

    Daily Etymology #90: The Seasons

    Spring - comes from the Old English springan meaning to spring, as it referred to the way plants sprung up out of the ground. Springan came from the Proto-Germanic *sprengan, from the PIE root *spergh, meaning to move or spring. Spring gradually replaced Lencten, which is the source of the word Lent in Christianity.

    Summer - comes from the Old English sumor, from the Proto-Germanic *sumaraz, from the PIE root *semh₂-, meaning summer or year.

    Autumn - comes from the Middle English autumpne, from the Old French automne, from the Latin autumnus. Autumnus itself has an unknown etymology, though it may have come from the PIE roots *h₃ewǵ- (cold), *h₂sews- (dry as in dry season), or from the Etruscan atune (autumn).

    Winter - comes from the Old English winter, from the Proto-Germanic *wintruz, whose origins are unknown.

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  • pikahlua
    24.10.2021 - 1 hour ago
    #anon ask#tomura shigaraki#katsuki bakugou#mha 277#mha spoilers #mha manga spoilers #my hero academia spoilers #my hero academia manga spoilers #japanese linguistics in anime
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  • reportwire
    24.10.2021 - 5 hours ago

    The History Behind 8 Famous Tongue Twisters

    The History Behind 8 Famous Tongue Twisters

    Tongue twisters have been screwing up speaking abilities around the world for centuries. As entertaining as tripping over tricky terms can be, early English twisters were also used to teach pupils proper speech. In a note to teachers in his 1878 book Practical Elocution, J.W. Shoemaker reminded them of the “higher motive” of these confounding sayings: “To The Teacher—While many of the exercises ……

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  • mashkaroom
    24.10.2021 - 5 hours ago

    semantics class is probably the closest i’ll ever get to what i imagine yeshivas are like. perfect mix of actual evidence and vibes-based intuition. arguing over the meanings of words in ways that most frequently have no bearing on how you actually use the language. rising passions the moment the professor makes any sort of claim. the class immediately dividing into factions but also having intense solidarity. the logic vs english as languages similarity to yiddish and hebrew. anyway i fucking love semantics lmao

    #me yelling 'no LISTEN' to the professor: huh this is just like in yentl when anshel grabs avigdor by the collar to tell him he's a fool #shout out to the other girl who just disputes anything constantly #the prof is like 'this is semanticlaly ill-formed' and she's like No i have said that exact sentence out loud before #my queen #i have tried to restrain from that unless it's actually bs bc usually it's like 'well i would say them both but one IS better than the other #so i see what you're getting at' #but the last homework had a russian example on it and i had like a 2 paragraph aside about why it's 100% ok to say that actually #semantics was designed for me comma a pedant who loves arguing #most jewish subfield of linguistics
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  • mordredmanor
    24.10.2021 - 8 hours ago

    talking to my roommate about accents and dialects and our first languages and explaining vietnamese pronouns always makes me so unhinged (affectionate)

    #sola said #explaining my level of vietnamese fluency (lack thereof) like: #not only am i not fluent but i literally would not know how to refer to myself in a conversation with someone who's not family #because in vietnamese the pronouns are like. titles. #like by default in a conversation i refer to myself as daughter (con) #i literally don't know what pronouns i would use to talk to people who i wasn't familiar enough with to use con/chi/em #and that's like. either they're the family you live with or your committed romantic partner #god i wanna take a formal vietnamese class so badly. both to be able to speak it and so that i can better understand this deeply cool system #maybe there's something in the water in this dorm #bc i am seriously considering a linguistics major pretty much for this reason specifically
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  • washingmachinecrocs
    23.10.2021 - 10 hours ago

    oh my god ENOUGH Internet Neurodivergentsᵀᴹ hyperfixated on minecraft youtubers or whatever. where are the bitches hyperfixated on precambrian lifeforms and linguistic morphology

    #it's me im bitches hyperfixated on precambrian lifeforms and linguistic morphology
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  • jeffreyrobertpalinjr
    23.10.2021 - 10 hours ago

    Is a language that is based on an alphabet an intelligent design? Can such languages/alphabets come about starting out with not having all letters of finalized version & many words of their finalized versions not yet invented/added to such languages?

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  • linguistwho
    23.10.2021 - 10 hours ago

    Word of the Day - Day 1132: Double

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  • prototumblinguist
    23.10.2021 - 12 hours ago

    [ʘ]

    (kiss me through the phone)

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  • chaoticpuff17
    23.10.2021 - 12 hours ago
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  • rotationalsymmetry
    23.10.2021 - 13 hours ago

    Apparently not checking my notifications for 3-4 weeks does not in fact mean there weren't any notifications. Shocking.

    #did I get my negatives right or do I have a linguistic sign error?
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  • yukinyaminyato
    23.10.2021 - 13 hours ago

    love to see ppl monologuing abt something online but their premise is completely wrong....

    #like i checked notes on one post #and there was someone explaining japanese phonology regarding loan words #except that the video they were commenting on was in (and about) chinese. #bruh. if u can't even tell the two languages apart then maybe shut up ? #sorry if i sound v annoyed or smth but im just a linguistics major who's interested in (east) asian languages #(and btw i have written a paper about japanese phonology as a course assignment.... not that it matters but i just happened to remember it) #my posts
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  • tlaquetzqui
    23.10.2021 - 13 hours ago

    There are two ways to do predicate complement, in languages. One, the method used in Japanese and Tibetan—I believe also Korean and Chinese—is…not to. Instead of saying “the man that/who saw the bear”, you say “the saw-the-bear man”.

    The other is to introduce the complement with something like a pronoun. In Modern English and most Romance languages this is a question pronoun (“the man who saw the bear”), in older forms of English it was a demonstrative (“the man that saw the bear”—which is still right, but you would also say “it’s that I want” and even, I think, “that one is that I want”, instead of “that’s what I want”). In German there’s actually a separate complementizer, daß (I don’t know or care if the spelling reform kept the ß), though it derives from das and they also use the question-pronoun kind.

    My advice in conlangs is to either go the “no complement” route or the “separate complementizer” route, because a complementizer doing double duty as a pronoun is confusing.

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  • specgram
    23.10.2021 - 14 hours ago

    Polyglot Insults: mas tonto que mear de pie; Spanish: “stupider than pissing standing up”

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  • whales-are-gay
    23.10.2021 - 16 hours ago

    a winnie hess for roxy thebreathmints

    #yes this was on the back of a linguistics worksheet what about it #my art#blaseball
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  • segretecose
    23.10.2021 - 16 hours ago

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    #also archelogist was there today #and i flirted with him by not saying a single word and working on the opposite side of the field #hope he got the signals ✨✨ #anyway i heard he has an hungarian gf now #bet she is great but her family does not share an uliveto with his family. just saying #but he was so s*xy spitting facts about when humanity started to make oil etc #and he was asking me stuff about linguistics and I was like I may have a degree in it but I don’t know shit hope this helps ❤️
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