January 13th, 2008

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Careers in linguistics

Hey, I've been considering going into math and linguistics as a career (hoping to do research in the fundamentally mathematical nature of language, à la Noam Chomsky), and I was wondering if anyone here knew: (a) whether this field is currently a big field in linguistics; (b) if grad school is pricy for linguists (i.e., are fellowships, scholarships, etc., pretty easy to come by?); and, (c) if linguists get to travel much?



I have just discovered that the Finnish word for "dove" is "kyyhky". This has startled me somewhat. HOW is that pronounced? I can't make head nor tail of IPA so any other kind of approximation would be great.

As an extra challenge, can anyone cycle this word through all the possible cases? ;)
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"Blister" for a person?

 I'm currently working on a translation assignment (English to French) which is an excerpt from a novel (Uncle Fred in Springtime, 1939). One word is problematic: "blister", but not in its usual meaning. Here's the sentence:

(...) a swarthy young man who was leaning out of the window of the adjoining compartment, surveying the Paddington scene through a pair of steel-rimmed spectacles. Pongo, who thought he looked a bit of a blister, said so (...)
All I found was that for a woman, it could mean "prostitute" in a rather disparaging way. But for a man?

Thanks for any ideas... you don't have to be able to tell me the French word, I just want to know what it means exactly :)


Does anyone know of any websites with audio that isn't too fast?  I'm trying my best to learn swedish at home but the cd i have is too fast for me to grasp the pronounciation.

Thanks in advance.

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Polish help

Well, I know next to no Polish and my mother has asked me to help her with something. She works at a preschool and has recently had a lot of Polish children join. She and her work colleagues want to learn how to say a few basic things in Polish so they can reassure upset children and explain a few things to them. I've looked up an online pronunciation guide and dictionary and tried to use that with my mother but she couldn't grasp the pronunciation at all. So when explaining, if possible, can you make the pronunciation explanations as if it were to someone who's not got any grasp on it at all, so it's easier for me to explain to her?

Here's what she wants (may have to ask for some more later, I apologise. If anyone's got anything else handy, feel free.)

-Your Mum has gone shopping, she'll be back later.
-Don't get upset.
-Do you want to play with this?
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Serbian - Croatian translation

Just looked up the term SerboCroatian on wikipedia and realised it's probably not a term I want to use, so I think I mean the variant of Slavic spoken around there, knowing very little about that area. (linguistically and culturally.)

I live in a dorm, and one of my dorm mates was teasing me the other day, saying I was only allowed to write in the kitchen book in Danish (which presents no problems) and grammatically correct SerboCroatian. (He did not specify it had to make sense!) I thought it would be a fun gag to write somehting along the lines of

'Having been informed that SerboCroatian presents no problems for some members of this kitchen I would like it applied to all following information written here. While I feel that it will make misunderstandings easier, total immersion will ensure that this book either remains blank from now on, or we all learn a written language very quickly.'

It doesn't have to be that, if you want it phrased differently etc.

Also if someone thinks they know a proverb instead that I could write, it would be appreciated.
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Mild Curse in German?

Can anyone help me out with the equivalent of "God damn it all to hell" or equivalent in German? Protagonist of story has just cracked his head on something and is not impressed. He's bilingual, and I'd like him to curse in German for this one.

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