November 4th, 2009


Korean phonology resources

I was wondering if anyone knows where I can find online information on Korean phonology (or just general Korean linguistics), preferably in English, French or Spanish (I guess Korean would also be fine). Mostly I'm trying to find out more about standard Korean phonemes and what they may correspond to in the hangeul alphabet.

mr. darcy

Telugu resources?

Hi everybody,

I'm trying to learn Telugu, but I can't find any good resources online or otherwise. There don't seem to be many books available either. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would like to learn the alphabet and everything but that's not nearly as important to me as the ability to speak it, as my boyfriend was born in India (Andhra Pradesh) and speaks Telugu fairly well. I just want to be able to converse with him at a basic level... although I do have an interest in the grammar and everything... I'll probably end up learning more than I originally intended.

I'm studying French right now, and I just notice a huge disparity between the amount of French material available and the amount of Telugu learning materlals. The difference there is definitely understandable, it's just kind of nervewracking in a way. Any advice? I'm particularly interested in audio.

Thanks for your help everyone. :)
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Major dictionary publisher compiling list of regional English words

Have you ever found yourself in a puckaterry or felt wambly after a drink or two?

If so, you're one of a dwindling breed - a user of an English regional dialect.

Where once your vocabulary would tie you definitively to a particular part of the country, the social upheavals of past few decades have stretched those verbal ties to breaking point.

Now dictionary maker Collins is launching a project - using that most modern form of communication Twitter - to try to identify whether there is any life left in a selection of weird and wonderful words.

The full story here.
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yet another question

A couple of weeks ago I posted a questionnaire, but as it was rather long and complicated, I didn't get as many responses as I'd have liked... so I decided to simplify things a bit.

Compare the next few sentences:

1a) Justin is unbelievably weird (adverb modifying an adjective)
  b) Justin is an unbelievable weirdo (adjective modifying a noun)

2a) Justin is terribly weird
  b) Justin is a terrible weirdo

3a) Justin is surprisingly weird
  b) Justin is a surprising weirdo

1a and 1b mean the same, as do 2a and 2b: 'Justin is weird to a terrible/unbelievable degree'. However, whereas 3a means 'Justin is weird to a surprising degree', 3b has no such interpretation. We have to interpret 3b as something like 'Justin is weird, and also surprising' - whatever that may mean.

I'm interested in similar constructions in as many languages as possible (except English and Dutch, for which I have already gathered quite enough data), with these language's (approximate) equivalents of 1) unbelievabl{e/y} / incredibl{e/y}, 2) terribl{e/y} and 3) surprising(ly). Does your language's equivalent of 'Justin is a [adjective] weirdo' have the meaning 'Justin is a weirdo to an [adjective] degree' or not?

Can you please provide example sentences and a literal translation?

It's for my MA thesis, and of course anyone who provides me with data will receive a mention in the acknowledgements :)

ETA: other than 'weirdo', other nouns that work the same way are 'nerd', 'Motörhead fan', 'knitting enthusiast', 'idiot', etc. - basically any noun that describes something that one can be to a certain extent.
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Polish pronunciation


I'd like to know how to pronounce "kotek" (kitten) in Polish. My dad had Polish parents and he pronounces it "kwatek" or something like that, but his Polish is rusty to say the least, so it would be nice if somebody could tell me what the actual pronunciation is! Please note that I don't speak Polish at all.

Thanks a bunch :-)