September 27th, 2008

  • azazel

Strange request

I don't know how many mahjong players we have in this community, but I'm working on a small project. It's basically another blog, but only dealing with mahjong, as compared to my chaotic personal one. Either way, I've been compiling a list of translations - because a lot of english-speaking players don't know the terminology, or they know the horrible terminology that sites such as uses.

I suppose this is mainly for the people speaking japanese here, actually. I've made a list (I'm good at that) with names and whatnot, and I'd need someone to look it over to see if they can spot any glaring mistakes. Find it here:

I'd also need the name for San shoku doujun, since I can't seem to find that particular one. Also if someone knows what the name for the terminals is I'd be very grateful (if you don't know what terminals are, it's the 1's and 9's of each numbered suite).

Much obliged.

edit: could it be 三色同順 ? Looks about right to me.

Word Formation

Oookay, so, I have a favour to ask of all of you total strangers. I have a project for my morphology class that requires me to find 5 examples for each of 11 word formation processes and I am having a hell of a time doing it. The catch is that they have to be new words that are commonly used with MSN, facebook, text-messaging, that kind of thing. I don't really use msn language, mostly just ppl and lol, and my friends don't either so i'm kind of stuck for examples. I've been browsing facebook but it's mostly just full of people using UR and i'm going to list the processes and brief definitions and if anyone can help out I would love you forever.

1) Affixation : adding an affix (suffix or prefix) to a word
2) Compounding :  2 or more words into 1 word
3) Zero-Derivation : adding no affixes and using words of one category as another eg. nouns to verbs (text, message)
4) Stress shift : stress is shifted from one syllable to another which creates a change in category eg. noun to verb IMplant - implANT
5) Clipping : shortening of words eg. Professor to Prof
6) Acronym formation or Abbreviations : eg. omg
7) Blending : non-morphemic parts of two words are put together to form a new word eg. spanglish
8) Back-formation : taking off derivational affixes to create new words eg. self-destruction to self-destruct
9) Adoption of brand names as common words : eg. kleenex (remember, it has to be recent as in not in a dictionary yet kind of recent)
10) Borrowing : a word is taken from another language and adopted into the host language eg. sushi, tres
11) Folk Etymology :  a naive interpretation of a word, using the wrong term for a concept ... the only example the prof gave was "per say" instead of "per se" and i'm at a loss for any others...

Thanks so much for reading all of that, i hope you're feeling generous!