April 20th, 2010

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I have a question:

Toyota Fined $Millions In US

In the above phrase, is the use of the dollar sign grammatically incorrect, or is it used this way in an English-speaking country? (I live in Canada)
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Cantonese toilets

(Not entirely sure how to explain this question... but I'll try.)

I'm writing a story - in English - from the perspective of someone who only speaks Cantonese.

What I want to know is, how would a Cantonese person talk about going to the toilet, if the phrase was translated, word for word, into English?

I can think of several English expressions (using the bathroom, going to the toilet, using the loo...), but rather than saying "well, I'm writing in British English, so I'll use the British expression", I want to go for the closest one to what she'd actually say.

When Cantonese people talk about going to the toilet, what do they say?
Inner Voice's inner Goth. XD

Japanese address label

My mom bought some envelopes from a Japanese import store, and with the envelopes came these address labels. She wants to use them, and so she wants to know which space is for what so that she writes everything in its proper place. (Don't worry, she'll also clearly write "To: X" and "From: X" in English so as not to confuse the poor U.S. postal workers! -- to clarify, this envelope is being mailed from the Philippines to the U.S., it just happens to be a Japanese envelope)

So, we'd be grateful if someone could translate the writing on the label.
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Terms of endearment--German, French, Esperanto, Dutch

I'm in need of some terms of endearment I can use with my boyfriend.  I'm a boy myself, if that makes a difference, and we're both in our 20s.  I'm fluent in French, he's fluent in German, and we both speak a smattering of the other's language.  We also both dabble in Esperanto, him more than me.  I'll also include Dutch on the list just because I think it's fascinating and he thinks it sounds silly. :)  Anything in any of those languages would be great!  I'm really looking for things that guys our age and our life situation would use.  Danke!/Merci!/Dankon/Dank U!

Adventures in Syntax

I have important (non-linguistics) work to be doing tonight, so of course I decided that it's a great time to try a new syntactic tree program. TreeForm is a bit of a PITA to start up, but it's a very intuitive drag-and-drop program with a lot of options. I test-drove the Buffalo buffalo problem with as much X' Theory as I understand and got this (click to enlarge):

It's not quite elegant (or likely completely correct) yet, but a few more weeks of study and playing with the program might do the trick.
There were wings involved and home

one letter words

I'm collecting one-letter-words, for fun. I looked on google a bit, but haven't found any multilingual lists. No abbreviations, no text speak, but enclitics, poetic forms, and non standard forms are okay. digraphs that count as a single letter in the language of origin are okay. Here are the ones I have so far:

a - english indefinite article, hungarian definite article
e - Hungarian "this" (poetic form)
i - Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin "and", english first person singular pronoun
nj - Croatian (?) non-standard (?) enclitic, i think it's short for "njega"
o - English vocative
ó - Hungarian vocative
ő - Hungarian "s/he"
s - Hungarian "and" (poetic), Serbian "with"
u - Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin "in"
v - Slovene "in"
y - Spanish "and"
z - Slovene "with"
я - Russian "I"
и - Macedonian "and"