October 22nd, 2007

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John Lennon Memorial in Iceland

This question is language related, but is also sort of music related.

There's a new Lennon light memorial called the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland, whcih was unveiled on Oct. 9.


Around it's base are the words "imagine peace" in 24 languages. I wondered what the languages were, and how they picked which 24 languages they would use. My friend said that as this was a Lennon memorial, there would be some significance to the number 24. But I looked through the website and googled news articles and didn't see anything.

Anyone know what the 24 languages are, and why they limited it to 24? They would easily have room for a 100 languages, or 400 or 500.

Tibetan Dictionary

A friend of mine has this question, which I'm posting in several communities--I hope you'll forgive the repetition:

"Does anyone have a good recommendation for a Tibetan Dictionary?
I have heard that in some printings of the Sarat Chandra Das the Tibetan fonts are nearly illegible. If you do have a good copy, can you give me the printing date?

I also wondered if anyone has tried out the digital Illuminator Dictionary? Thoughts on going solely digital vs. paper?

Since a dictionary is quite an investment, I would appreciate any advice."

secret names for tainted love

At the onset of puberty the fortunate schoolboy meets the most intense excitement that befalls a human explorer. What alien terrain stirred up more virile pilgrims than the landscape of female anatomy? Collapse ) Russian men classify vaginas in accordance with their location and orientation. The lowly sipovka, taking its name from a coarse pipe fashioned out of a bog reed or tree bark, finds itself closely aligned with the anus, and thus best suited for retrograde engagement in the dorsal-ventral position. The most common sinyavka, bearing a name shared by the herbaceous perennial “widow flower” of the genus Knautia in the family Dipsacaceae and mycorrhizal mushrooms of the genus Russula in family Russulaceae, angles away towards the front, equally suitable for manly address from front and rear. In the lay of this venereal land the pride of place belongs to the korolyok, the literal little king or golden nugget, standing proud towards the navel and yielding the finest fit for mutual engagement therewith. What other language can boast such sexual refinement? Collapse )

Crossposted to [info]larvatus and [info]linguaphiles.
bunny - curious

Some questions on Tagalog..

A Philipino friend of mine taught me this Tagalog sentence.

Gusto mo ng _______ko? (eg sweets)
Do you want some of my _______?

ps: i'm not sure if it is "gusto", but it sounde like to me.
The rest she spelled it out for me.

1. I asked her what does "ng" means, and she said if without "ng" it would sound like the person came from the mountains or like a child just learning Tagalog. Can anyone explain what does it mean (and the function?)

2. can anyone be so kind as to give me a simple explanation of how Tagalog's grammar is like? I tried reading the wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tagalog_grammar and it gave me a headache.. What does "ergative-absolutive language" means? (I assume "nominative-accusative language" means something like "subject-object language"?)

3. When I asked her how do "ko" and "mo" function, she told me that they are attached to the back of nouns to mean possessive (like, "my sweets"?) I had the impression that they are like end inflections added, and sometimes with infix -a- added between (like "sweetako"??) ok.. i am confused.

4. I commented to her that "gusto mo" sounds Spanish to me (though i have never learnt Spanish), she said that Tagalog and Spanish are related. Really? Did Tagalog come from Spanish or something?

Tagalog seems like a really interesting language.
I have always wrongly thought that it's something like Malay or Indonesian language, but when I heard her converse with other Filipinos, it sounds different..