April 3rd, 2010


Trigger Words

I guess this is almost more of psychological question, but I'm just wondering~

What are your trigger words? What word always comes to mind whenever you hear *that* trigger word? For example, whenever I hear coconut, I start singing "You put the lime in the coconut and shake it all up..." or when I hear bacon & eggs, I think of a joke from Dane Cook and it just makes me smile. 

In light of languages, I always seem to think "sûr la table" whenever I want to say that something is on a table, or "made", always reminds me of how I had to get used to pronouncing it as "mah-dey" if I was looking at a Japanese romanization. (まで)

I wonder if there are any that are shared or so such. =3
Bjork n Puffy

Icelandic Questions

So, after years of listening to Icelandic musicians, I think it's time I actually learn it properly. When I listen, I can figure out the gist of the language, but that isn't really enough. What are the best sort of courses to learn it online/DVD/etc? Or is there anything near NJ?

As well, is there an easy way to tell whether a word is feminine, masculine, or neut? I was curious about that in relation to some nouns and song titles, such as "Hafsól."

Rare Article Request

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I hope I'll get a response here. :-)

I'm researching a dying dialect, Sri Lankan Tamil, in Malaysia. I've got good materials so far, but I'm desperately searching for these 2 articles:

1. Some features of Ceylon Tamil. Kamil Zvelebil. Indo-Iranian Journal. Volume 9, Number 2 / june 1966.

2. Note on Old Tamil and Jaffna Tamil. F. B. J. Kuiper. Indo-Iranian Journal. Volume 6, Number 1 / march 1962.

They are on Springer Link. I have access to Springer Link via my university, but these journals are not subscribed.

I'd be VERY THANKFUL if anyone has access to these articles and can send them to me.

If you can help me, pls. leave a message here and I'll contact you.

Thanks a lot!