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by Xonen
Fri 20 Oct 2017, 01:04
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: One third of the way through the decade
Replies: 74
Views: 11191

Re: One third of the way through the decade

...pop music is ephemeral. Very few popular musicians are remembered in later years - by 'remembered' I mean known of by later generations, not just present as a half-known trivia question or something old people think back on nostalgically. This is even more an issue now, with the market being muc...
by Xonen
Sun 15 Oct 2017, 20:30
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread
Replies: 1489
Views: 133621

Re: The Quintessential 5th Conversation Thread

Discussion on communism moved to its own thread.
by Xonen
Sun 15 Oct 2017, 20:20
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Communism [split]
Replies: 50
Views: 4089

Re: Communism

Try explaining communism and socialism to random people without using the word socialism and communism. You'll find they easily agree with the idea. Even with the "death and violence" part? Or are we supposed to come up with nice euphemisms for those? Is is possible that some of us have ever read M...
by Xonen
Sat 14 Oct 2017, 01:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6731
Views: 568600

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Not sure I buy the article from what I'm reading. If <wl> signifies /ɫ/, why would /ɫ/ and /l/ become phonemic later (in British English tmk)? Redeveloping a rare distinction if you've just lost it seems pretty senseless Sound change has no memory, so while it may be unlikely, a rare distinction ca...
by Xonen
Fri 13 Oct 2017, 00:21
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6731
Views: 568600

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

I found some article on exactly this topic recently: Fisiak, Jacek. “THE OLD ENGLISH <WR-> AND <WL->” In: Linguistics , 1967, Vol.5(32), pp.12-14. What it basically says is: The graphemic representations <wr-> and <wl-> represent single phonemes (/ɻ/ and /ɫ/, respectively), as cluster realisations ...
by Xonen
Thu 12 Oct 2017, 17:02
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: One third of the way through the decade
Replies: 74
Views: 11191

Re: One third of the way through the decade

Now we've reached the three-fourths-of-the-way-through-the-decade point. This decade will no doubt be remembered for the alt-right, and for Donald Trump becoming president. Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran seem to be defining musicians, and Taylor Swift carries over from the previous decade. This may b...
by Xonen
Sun 08 Oct 2017, 23:47
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Las Vegas mass shooting
Replies: 58
Views: 3833

Re: Las Vegas mass shooting

@Xonen Mental illness doesn't need to exist to cause mass shootings. So mass shootings are not a "symptom by mental illness by definition". Ah, okay. Well, that makes at least some sense. Although that depends on your definition of mental illness, and Sal was actually careful enough to include his:...
by Xonen
Sun 08 Oct 2017, 11:38
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Las Vegas mass shooting
Replies: 58
Views: 3833

Re: Las Vegas mass shooting

mental health doesn't necessarily need to exist what If we hold that the police should be better-armed than the populace (which is not an unreasonable suggestion, in my mind) No, never. I must inform you that it is indeed a very unreasonable suggestion. That's just a recipe for state oppression and...
by Xonen
Sat 07 Oct 2017, 17:24
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Las Vegas mass shooting
Replies: 58
Views: 3833

Re: Las Vegas mass shooting

our crazies I don't think they're crazy—as in, actually have a mental illness. And talking about them like that has the effect of 1) stigmatizing people who have mental illnesses, and 2) making it difficult to actually address the root problem of why people choose to engage in murderous acts. If yo...
by Xonen
Fri 29 Sep 2017, 01:22
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Post-Modern English
Replies: 38
Views: 6450

Re: Post-Modern English

I suspect trying to work out a future English from standard varieties (GA or, occasionally, RP) is going to fail to give accurate predictions (although, obviously they're entirely possible ones). We know modern English derives primarily from Anglian varieties of Old English rather than the standard...
by Xonen
Thu 24 Aug 2017, 16:06
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 6731
Views: 568600

Re: (L&N) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

Alomar wrote:metathesis (correct process?) in American English of 'breakfast' to /brɛ.fɪks/?
According to Wikipedia, that would be "nonadjacent metathesis, long-distance metathesis,[1] or hyperthesis[3]".

Also, apocope of the final /t/.
by Xonen
Wed 19 Jul 2017, 20:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 700
Views: 81934

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

As an English speaker, I had trouble telling apart French au-dessus /odsy/ "above" and au-dessous /odsu/ "below". This reminds me of an unfortunate coincidence between Finnish and Saami (using Inari Saami here): :fin: yllä - :sme: alne 'over', 'above', 'on' :fin: alla - :sme: vyelni 'under', 'below...
by Xonen
Sun 16 Jul 2017, 23:37
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 559135

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

The Old CBB seems to have been lost to the depths of the internet. Well, you can access the board itself on the Wayback Machine, but not most of the the threads, it seems. So it gives you a general snapshot of what was going on at the time, but is unfortunately of not much use for retrieving actual...
by Xonen
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 22:18
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Your username
Replies: 160
Views: 21553

Re: Your username

Huh, I would've guessed it was one of those "can't think of a username, so I'll just combine the two nearest items on my desk" -type of things. Come to think of it, though, who needs to have an ink cube within arm's reach all the time? Perhaps the constant presence of the ink cube necessitated the ...
by Xonen
Fri 14 Jul 2017, 21:55
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 559135

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

All I know is that I'm certainly no "elder", especially not because of something as silly as my post count. Look elsewhere for wisdom, unless the wisdom you seek comes in the form of platitudes and indecision. IMO IME most wisdom is that. Aye. All actual wisdom requires a healthy level of self-doub...
by Xonen
Wed 12 Jul 2017, 19:38
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Your username
Replies: 160
Views: 21553

Re: Your username

My username just sounded cool. Huh, I would've guessed it was one of those "can't think of a username, so I'll just combine the two nearest items on my desk" -type of things. Come to think of it, though, who needs to have an ink cube within arm's reach all the time? Or a revolver? Well, it's not li...
by Xonen
Mon 10 Jul 2017, 22:58
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Your username
Replies: 160
Views: 21553

Re: Your username

Inkcube-Revolver wrote:My username just sounded cool.
Huh, I would've guessed it was one of those "can't think of a username, so I'll just combine the two nearest items on my desk" -type of things. Come to think of it, though, who needs to have an ink cube within arm's reach all the time?
by Xonen
Sat 08 Jul 2017, 22:34
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 559135

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

qwed117 wrote:if I were to deflect the blame
You shouldn't need to; I don't think there's any coming your way. At least there shouldn't be.
by Xonen
Sat 08 Jul 2017, 20:40
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread
Replies: 8396
Views: 559135

Re: The Majestic 4th Conversation Thread

elemtilas has been banned for the time being one week. Elem's banning was not posted on Forum News Thread, as is custom. We fortunately haven't had to ban people often enough to develop actual customs around it; there's nothing else to it. While I respect admin's decision, I'm not sure I agree with...
by Xonen
Mon 03 Jul 2017, 09:52
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: German Gay Marriage Law & Resulting Discussion [split]
Replies: 101
Views: 9894

Re: German Gay Marriage Law & Resulting Discussion

I do it to insult you personally, and to insult all people like you. Clearly, there is no possibility for rational discussion with someone like you! I don't have the time or energy to deal with willfully stupid people. You know what, Micamo, if you want to grow up in the next couple days and have a...