October 28th, 2008

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identifying a German dialect

Hi everybody!

I'm studying German, and I've recently fallen in love with this gorgeous song (in German) called "Claudia." When I was listening to it, at first I wasn't listening very close and I thought the singer just had a funny accent, but then I listened harder and realised that it's in some dialect. Would someone be kind enough to a) tell me what dialect it is, and b) make a rough translation into Hochdeutsch for me? I can understand most of it anyway, but some words like "jläuve" really confuse me. :)

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Thank you very much!

EDIT: Wow, what speedy responses! Thanks, everybody! Silly of me not to realise it was Kölsch when I knew the band is from Köln - I'm just accustomed to all their songs being in Hochdeutsch. :)

Korean word for friend


This is me shouting out to all the Korean speakers out there.  I am planning to write a short paper for a semantics/pragmatics class on the meaning of the word "friend" in korean ( 친구), and I found good supporting data to explain the root "친-" ... Like:

to be kind,
친교 모임 get-together,

친숙함 intimacy, and

but I was wondering if any of you know any words that carry the suffix ending " -" that would help to explain the function of this word for friend in Korean.  The only other piece of data that may be relevant is "할망구," or just "망구," which from my understanding, means "grandma" (in a very derogatory way).  It may also be dialectal...  (And obviously all of the sports words such as: 야구, 농구 are not using the same " -" suffix.)

Please let me know if you can think of any examples.

Also, please let me know if you know of any other "friend" like words in Korean. (friend, buddy, acquaintance, colleague, etc...)


Miles Prower

Tarzan and Yoda

I'm not sure if a post like this has been made in the past, but I was just wondering how the speech of characters, such as Disney's Tarzan or Yoda in Star Wars are represented in other languages.

I was wondering how languages that lack a copula show Tarzan's speech, and if Yoda's SOV speech was changed in other SOV languages, as opposed to Englishes SVO.

Thanks :)

Syntax help!

So, I'm taking a syntax course this semester and I'm having a slight amount of trouble. I was wondering if anyone can help explain a basic thing about constituents that I am missing and am somewhat embarrassed to ask in class because we've been doing it for a while.

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Any help with this hugely vague question would be incredibly appreciated! TIA!