May 3rd, 2009

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Linguaphiles on Dreamwidth

Hi everyone!

I don't know how many of you are on Dreamwidth or are aware that it exists, but, if you are indeed familiar with Dreamwidth, I've created the linguaphiles community on Dreamwidth: [info]linguaphiles!

I'm still setting up the community, and I'll contact the mods in a bit about cross-posting relevant entries and profile information, but, until then, feel free to join! :)

Korean Phonotactics

Quick question!
I read in an article (of course, I can't find it now) where the author stated that Korean has[tʃ] and [dʒ]. I can easily see the [tʃ] part, but [dʒ]??
The article also said that [dʒ] was an allophone of [tʃ] - when it occurs intervocallically. I asked my native speaker friend, but she said NO! Though she's stuck in an airport and neither one of us could hear the other very well.
Any help??

Norwegian phonetics

I've noticed that there's no phoneme /z/ in the Norwegian language, I mean there are no words with the sound /z/ in proper Norwegian, only in borrowed and foreign words. Am I right?
And I have also noticed that Morten Harket (a-ha) sometimes sings such words as 'losing' etc. with /s/ instead of /z/.
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Hugo in 3 Months: Dutch

I'm on the verge of purchasing Hugo in 3 Months: Dutch as my main textbook for learning Dutch as a 7th language. I still plan on using online grammar and video resources, such as and alongside the book. I've read many good reviews, and I feel this book will be good for me.

What do you think?

EDIT: I have crossed off Teach Yourself Dutch from my list due to its overly high price, and I'm waiting till I'm a bit more advanced before purchasing Colloquial Dutch from Routledge.

1930s phrasebook

I've just found an old book that used to belong to my grandfather, it's a phrasebook for French, German, English and Italian, and it's from 1932. I am not sure about the first 3, but many of the Italian sentences sound so amusingly oldfashioned. Can you tell me if the French/German/English ones would also sound a bit funny today?
(I hope the images are clear enough, I don't have a scanner right now so I had to take photos of the book)
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I'm wondering if anyone here can help me. I am an English major, but I am writing a paper on Australian English and I am having a bugger of a time with the vowel diagrams.

I need to use this Australian one: (Mitchell & Delbridge from the book The Pronunciation of English in Australia) It's really difficult to see some of the symbols, but I can try to scan it tomorrow

And the only North American one I can find for comparison is:

They have different symbols! How do I find (or make one myself) that uses the same symbols?? It's for a very small, but important, part of my paper.
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Online resources help, please

Hello fellow linguaphiles. I'm writing a paper on Japanese and Korean language classification, and was wondering if anyone could point me towards some online academic journals, articles, resources, etc on the subject. I've never written a formal report on anything linguistics-related so I'm not really sure where to start looking.

Your help is greatly appreciated. ;)