Someone sick to death of hearing all of the following:
So, how many languages do you speak?
You should work for the UN. They speak languages.
You mean so you can, like, invent new languages? There’s a lot of money in that, you know.
I like reading the dictionary.
So, are you a cunning linguist?
Chomsky. (knowing nod)
Oh, so you know where words come from.
Wanna come work for the CIA with us?
Except I actually can create new langs. ;)
I’m interested in starting an East Coast conlanging group, kind of a club. Not as big or official as LCS, but kind of a parallel. I’m in NYC, so preferably it would be in or around the city, and if it were to gain a bit of traction, then perhaps we could host an event (very far down the line)…
I have added you here: http://lhaasiri.tumblr.com/post/49992960788/potential-east-coast-conlangers
If you’d like to be added to the skype group, please send me an ask with your skype name! :)
The word eunoia, which literally means beautiful thinking, is the shortest word in English that contains all five vowels. Eunoia is a five-chapter book by Christian Bök in which each chapter is a univocal lipogram (the first chapter has A as its only vowel, the second chapter only E, etc.). Each vowel takes on a distinct personality: the I is egotistical and romantic, the O jocular and obscene, the E elegiac and epic (Bök actually retells the entire Iliad in Chapter E; you have to read it to believe it).
It’s interesting to see just how far language can be stretched without breaking; in this case, by only using one vowel per chapter (but 98% of the available vocabulary). The entire book Eunoia is available to read free at the link, and it’s well worth clicking around even though I doubt that most people read the whole thing.
This is gorgeous and genius!
If you don’t read the whole thing I’m going to reach through your webcam and do something naughty.
“Diaphragm” will never cease to be pronounced “dia-fragum” / daɪəfrægm̩ in my brain.
povcreampie replied to your video: I made that vlog. Pitch Accent in łaá siri (by…
would you consider compiling a basic beginniner’s learning guide as a pdf ?
Oh god of COURSE! If you’re even remotely interesting in łaá siri, I would be more than happy to do so~
Is there anything specific you would like it to cover, or just general things?
I’m not sure how seriously this should be taken, it’s more just my curious rambling than anything.
Internet trends in language interest me a lot in general, even though it’s written and not spoken language. Something I have noticed in moving from one internet community (deviantART, where I spent my internet life from ~14-18) to another (Tumblr, now) is that conventions are quite different.
I do not think it’s a factor based on age, because my friends from the former are approximately the same age, and the people I follow here are around the same (and a bit older) as well. Rather, I’ve noticed that the conventions are usually unspoken until someone violates them. At least, when one is violated, others in the community know that you’re an “outsider.”
One of these “conventions” is the use of text-based emoticons, which I’ve noticed usually have an important function in conveying feeling through text. I know that people establish conventions with each other (my friends who text my from deviantART have a different texting convention that we “agree” upon than my mom does when we text). Violating our silent agreements causes confusion/misinterpretation/etc.
So, as an example, typing on deviantART involves a much wider array of emoticons than on Tumblr. Some emoticons that are not uncommon (besides the image-based ones):
;n; | ouo | D8 | xD(DDDDD…) | C: | T_T | ono | eue | @_@
I have seen only some of these on Tumblr, and they’re extremely rare in general. I think what I see most is the D8 and its variants (D: / D| / D;), though I can’t really be 100% sure.
The reason I bring this up is because of several reasons:
I do notice the more basic ones here on Tumblr:
:) | :D | ;) | :P
But I’ve seen some pretty innovative ones on deviantART compared to Tumblr.
Some of them are even associated with subcultures (eg anime/manga/fans of Japanese things) I think.
I actually love the ‘xD’ face and depending on how funny/amusing I think a statement was, I frequently extend the number of Ds appended to the end. I don’t do this on Tumblr, just with friends whose texting conventions agree on this use.
As an example, let’s look at some texts I’ve sent (if they’re in the same blockquote, they were sent in rapid succession):
YAYYYY!!!! fast dinner XD
ikr my vlog took a long time and it wasn’t as edited xD
Ahahaha scary movies ouo
Valiant music! xD
The band throats has such complex music o_o
I’d never use these conventions on Tumblr (I dunno why, it’s just a negative attitude I picked up on when I first started using it) or in texts with people other than this person. Those texts were all sent to the same person.
I guess I use them mostly to convey a certain attitude, but other people would not understand the desired tone.
tl;dr maybe conventions arise between internet communities
Today’s post takes on a recently published article by Mark Pagel, Quentin Atkinson, Andreea Calude, and Andrew Meade entitled “Ultraconserved words point to deep language ancestry across Eurasia”, published in PNAS. First, Asya Pereltsvaig examines the article from a linguistics point of view, and then Martin Lewis considers it from a cartographic perspective.
I dunno if someone else has shared this here, but this article is awesome. Linguists are just awesome.
wugs started following you
Listen to yourself and see how often you nasalize the vowel and drop the nasal phoneme in a syllable coda. I just realize that I frequently say [wɔ̃ʔ] “won’t”…