April 25th, 2009

from a painting

Pronunciation of "Silent T" words

Only recently have I noticed how a lot of words in American English that end with the letter T aren't pronounced with a /t/ at the end of the word (maybe it's because I'm a native speaker, and native speakers rarely think linguistically about their own language). Wiktionary cites "lot" as being pronounced /t/, but the T isn't really pronounced. It's still distinguishable from "law," though. How would the words "lot" and "cat" be represented in IPA?

speakers of American English

I am writing my thesis in linguistics and I chose American English as a topic. In my thesis I'm dealing with the archaism (words coming from the British Isles that now are changed over there but remained the same in the US) and some neologism (mostly Webster's innovations and some subcultures in different territories). I've used studies which were written from the 60s to the 90s and I am planning to make my own survey. Since I don't live in the US I would need your help. If you are interested in the topic and would like to help me send me a message, please. As soon as I am ready with the questionnaire I will send it to you. If you know anybody (friends, family, collegues, etc) who might be interested, please let me know so that I can contact them.

Your help is much appreciated.
Miles Prower

Medical Greek/Latin

 I'm a Medicinal Chemistry student, and my degree relies heavily on medical terminology. Unfortunately, unlike medicine students, we medicinal chemists aren't given any basis to these terms to help understand them better (at my university anyway). Prefixes like erythro- and meso-, and suffixes like -blast and -clast are used without the bat of an eyelid to their literal meanting.

So basically, does anyone know any good reference material or a good list of pre-/suffixes for medical terminology. I've had no luck myself. Thanks in advance :D

american 90s slang

Hey all! I was wondering if anyone could point me toward any resources or lexicons of American 90s slang/linguistic trends of the time, specifically around southern New England or at least the East Coast, but anything on 90s slang would be helpful. The more specific the better! Does there perhaps exist a resource somewhere that plots the linguistic trends of the 90s across the decade?

Thanks in advance!