May 25th, 2008


Definition of Language

Somewhere in the past few months or so, I remember reading, on this community, a post responding to a topic. The post included within it, a mathematical definition of language. This definition included the words "string" and maybe "sets" in it. And I remember it striking me strongly at the time.

A quick google search and wikipedia search turns up all sorts of things about formal grammar, formal language theory, Noam Chomsky's hierarchy and a few mathematical definitions of language. However, none seem to specifically match the definition I saw on this community.

I was hoping, you could give me your own definitions of language.

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P.S. Are the French numbers six, dix and huit examples of allomorphy? They're pronounced differently depending on the situation. The final sound is often deleted when placed in front of words like "mois" or "boites" in "huit boites".

An example of "huit boites" can be found in this youtube video:
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Icelandic question

Does Icelandic have different words for perfume and cologne?

I found ilmvatn, which is defined as perfume. Is it a unisex term? I don’t want people to think I’m wearing Britney Spears’ latest scent.

Takk fyrir hjálp!
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Another 'How do you say'

How do you say "peace and love, my friend" in whatever?  So far I've got Spanish, French, and Italian.  [I'll post them here; if they're wrong, please feel free to correct me!]  Friend is masculine in this case, if that matters.  Any language is good for me.

Spanish: Paz y amor, amigo mio.
French: Paix et amour, mon ami.
Italian: Pace e amore, il mio amico.

Thank you very much!!

loanwords from french in other languages

I am searching for loanwords and phrases from French in other languages, particularly English, German, Spanish, and Arabic. I've done some research and found a lot for English, and I know some terms that I use in English. I have been able to find information for some other languages as well, but I am interested in knowing which words and phrases are actually common in day to day life. (for example in English one would find the terms "rendez-vous" and "déjà vu" in everyday speech)

thanks ahead of time to anyone who shares his/her thoughts!
Miles Prower

Urdu Translation

Hey guys.

Can any urdu speakers out there do me a quick translation please? It's my Pakistani friends birthday soon, and I have bought her Harry Potter in urdu, and wanted to write on the cover. If anybody could translate the LJ-cut for me, I would be eternally grateful.

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I can write Urdu very well, I just don't know how to compose such sentences. Any help is MUCH appreciated.
Thanks in advance....
Athena of Pireus
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A proverb

There is a line that I have always loved. I have a vague idea that it originates from ancient Greek, so if anyone knows where it is from, I would be grateful. But above all, I would like it in as many languages as possible. In English, it is

Nobody loves his country because it is great, but because it is his.