May 7th, 2010


Help translating and identifying languages

(I'm not entirely sure if this is ok legal-wise, I figured it would be alright since I'm not really giving out any of the actual music, just the language bits. If it's not ok, let me know and I'll take it down!)

On the album On This Perfect Day by Guilt Machine (Arjen Anthony Lucassen), 19 short audio messages in various languages have been included. I've been trying to figure out what the languages are, but there are a fair few I'm clueless about. If my guesses are incorrect, do let me know, and if you can translate any of them that's even better :)

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Any help is much appreciated!
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It is necessary to raise the larynx to roll an "R"?

Recently, after decades of attempts, I have finally succeeded in rolling my "R"s (i.e. alveolar trills, as in Spanish and Italian).  However, I have to raise my larynx considerably to accomplish this.  I'm a man, and if I touch my Adam's apple while I do my trill/roll, I feel it raising considerably -- more so than for any other sound I make.  For comparison, I would say I raise my Adam's apple/larynx almost twice as much for an alveolar trill as for a uvular trill (A French/German style R), and about four times as much as to make the /g/ sound in the English word "gun".  Right now I can't make an alveolar trill without raising my larynx like this.

I have a reasonably long tongue (I can touch the tip of my tongue to the hairy skin above my upper lip fairly easily).  I would like to ask other people who are good at producing rolled Rs whether they also have to raise their larynx to make the sound.  I suspect the answer is "no" and that I have further years of practice ahead, but I want to check :)

Thanks -- This is my first Linguaphile post!

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Hi linguaphiles!

Help me out here, what's that thing called where an English word becomes a noun when the stress is on the first syllable, and a verb when the stress is shifted to the second? It's pretty common but the only two examples I can think of off the top of my head are prOduce vs prodUce and cOnstruct vs constrUct. My google-fu is weak.