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Category: germanics


most quoted re "germanics": Jonathan North Washington (12), Tristan Alexander McLeay (8), professors (6), Derek Gulas (6), Christian Thalmann (2)

other categories found with "germanics": language (19), linguistics (18), phonetics (11), sadness (7), writing (5)

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[link] heard: 7 October 2013
[edit] added: 7 October 2013

(15:54:50) spectie: is that real dutch

(15:54:52) spectie: or joke dutch ?

(15:55:06) spectie: sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference ... :|

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[link] heard: 27 April 2012
[edit] added: 27 April 2012

(00:09:00) [anon]: spreche kann nicht deitch

(00:09:03) [anon]: deuitch

(00:09:07) [anon]: deutcsch

(00:09:09) [anon]: deutsch

(00:09:10) [anon]: or something

(00:09:13) [me]: those are all dialects

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[link] heard: 21 October 2009
[edit] added: 21 October 2009

(04:31:14) kesuari: i could've sworn that on the heirarchy of cool letters, ø was way higher than ö

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[link] heard: 19 May 2008
[edit] added: 19 May 2008

(19:23:46) [me]: stressed and unstressed clitics are used that way

(19:23:53) [me]: at least in AmE

(19:24:11) kesuari: well yeah, they're used like that here too --- but they shouldn't be


(19:24:29) [me]: now you're just being a perscriptivist

(19:24:50) kesuari: of course i am: i'm advocating spelling reform

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[link] heard: 20 February 2008
[edit] added: 22 February 2008

Nick: "Actually [ˈgæɹəʤ] is a whole genre of music."

all: "You mean [gɻ̩ˈɑʒ]."

Nick: "It's quite different actually."

Nick being the sole Brit among a crowd of Americans
music, phonetics, patriotism, germanics
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[link] heard: 13 February 2008
[edit] added: 13 February 2008

(14:54:07) Michaela: in english school can refer to either a university or an elementary school--as long as it's an educational institution

(14:55:12) [me]: no, in American English

(14:55:29) Michaela: true

(14:55:39) Michaela: but really, i mean, we know who's running the show these days

(14:55:44) Michaela: i'm not ethnocentric, but come on

[comment] [rate] 3/5

[link] heard: 15 January 2008
[edit] added: 15 January 2008

(22:36:56) Rianna: well...i mean, look at our orthography...it's weird but we know what to say

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[link] heard: 17 December 2007
[edit] added: 17 December 2007

(17:04:21) kesuari: (and also, not even irregularity is regular, so there's going to be some regularity somewhere)

[comment] [rate] 4/5

[link] heard: 17 December 2007
[edit] added: 17 December 2007

(17:01:15) kesuari: nothing's regular in english, not even irregularity

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[link] heard: 1 August 2007
[edit] added: 1 August 2007

(03:42:49) kesuari: nothing backs up like chiselling a great big stone

(03:43:57) kesuari: i sometimes reckon i should do that: go carving runes somewhere in the bush

(03:44:55) kesuari: not runes per se; i mean some form of phonetic alphabet that looks like runes and is similar enough to the latin alphabet or germanic runes to be decryptable

(03:45:17) kesuari: or maybe i'll do it a bit less phonetic just to give the future linguists a bit of fun

(03:45:43) kesuari: can't be too trivial or else i'll be the Orrm of the 21st century

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[link] heard: 1 August 2007
[edit] added: 1 August 2007

(03:26:05) kesuari: in a thousand years, when english has divided into many languages and tehy've all had spelling reforms, they'll divise a "standardised spelling" for classical english

(03:26:52) kesuari: because the current spelling will been seen as "irregular" and "hard to read", "a poor guide to pronunciation" &c. they will probably also add diacritics so we can tell which vowels are long and which are short, which e's are silent and which are pronounced etc.

(03:27:09) kesuari: much like we do to old english

(03:27:33) kesuari: only, for a non-linguist of the 20th/21st centuries, it'll be hard to read because we don't expect it

(03:29:08) kesuari: and because no-one can seriously expect any of our recordings to last until then and because linguistics texts will largely have been lost to time as they weren't reproduced enough, people will have debates about quite how various aspects were pronounced

(03:30:10) kesuari: they'll reconstruct a language that includes the "bath/trap" split, f'instance

(03:30:24) kesuari: and have trouble reconciling it with the other germanic languagse

(03:32:45) kesuari: but, of course, english retained *þ and *w so it's obviously conservative: it must've been that german and even icelandic lost the original æ/ɑ distinction

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[link] heard: 26 June 2007
[edit] added: 26 June 2007

(23:53:48) Derek: That's a really well preserved blade

(23:53:53) Derek: for how old it is

(23:56:13) [me]: it's metal.

(23:57:07) Derek: "it's metal" doesn't cut it

(23:57:12) Derek: because iron rusts

(23:57:18) Derek: and steel rusts really fast

(23:57:27) Derek: ha - doesn't cut it

(23:57:29) Derek: I made a funny

[comment] [rate] 3/5

[link] heard: 29 May 2007
[edit] added: 29 May 2007

"‘Venus’ and ‘venerial’ are related. Venus is the Goddess of love, and venerial diseases happen when you're looking for love in the wrong places."

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[link] heard: 28 May 2007
[edit] added: 28 May 2007

me: "Yeah, it's Low Germanic, but not Northern."

Derek: "Huh? Is it a language named after some city or something?"

me: "Nope, it's named after a continent."

Derek: "A continent?!"

me: "Yep. Go back to your room, continue grading, and in 30 seconds you'll figure it out and be like ‘Dammit!’"

(16:51:22) Derek: LOL

(16:51:24) Derek: you bastard

(16:52:04) [me]: told you :-P

(16:52:22) Derek: *shaking fist*

[comment] [rate] 5/5

[link] heard: 15 May 2007
[edit] added: 15 May 2007

Chuck: "There's Low German forms, Middle High German forms, Upper High German forms, and even Anglo-Frisian forms. This is weird!"

Derek: "Maybe a non-native speaker wrote it."

Chuck: "Or they had some pretty heavy stuff back then."

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[link] heard: 8 May 2007
[edit] added: 8 May 2007

"I haven't read this in years. When I first read this in Old High German, it had just been written."

[comment] [rate] 3.5/5

[link] heard: 11 April 2007
[edit] added: 11 April 2007

Jonathan: "Maybe they just think that */p/ turned to /b/ in Germanic. But it only went half way."

Derek: "Yeah, that's how they got þorn."

[comment] [rate] 5/5

[link] heard: 2 June 2006
[edit] added: 2 June 2006

"Greek and Latin show ablaut as well, but not as strongly as Germanic. No pun intended."

[comment] [rate] 5/5

[link] heard: 30 April 2006
[edit] added: 1 May 2006

"Positing *o is like positing Ident-Germanic and saying that among Uralic languages, Finnish has it most highly ranked."

[comment] [rate] 4/5

[link] heard: 10 March 2006
[edit] added: 10 March 2006

"'How'? You're asking the wrong guy—I'm not a class-VII expert."

in reference to Germanic strong verbs
germanics, delusionalism, linguistics, gradschool
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[link] heard: 9 March 2006
[edit] added: 9 March 2006

15:28:38 qatharsis: Züritüütsch is not so common in the music business. Bärndütsch lends itself better to singing. It's more vowelly.

[comment] [rate] 2/5

[link] heard: 16 February 2006
[edit] added: 16 February 2006

"You've got the 2nd sound shift here with a vengeance."

prof. Voyles on Züritüütsch
language, linguistics, craziness, conspiracies, germanics
[comment] [rate] 3/5

[link] heard: 6 February 2006
[edit] added: 6 February 2006

03:47:04 [Tristan]: i thought yiddish was ei > ai, ii > ei

03:47:16 [me]: that's possible. what's your source?

03:47:28 [Tristan]: my possibly faulty brain

03:47:37 [me]: well, where'd you get it before that

03:47:41 [me]: cause that sounds basically right

03:47:59 [Tristan]: my possibly faulty brain is getting a DNS resolution failure on that.

[comment] [rate] 3/5

[link] heard: 17 January 2006
[edit] added: 17 January 2006

Prof. Voyles: "Let's get rid of the /ð/ in this example…"

me: "No, you can't do that—it's attested!"

prof. Voyles decides not to like Bashkir data, and I plea with him not to change the language
gradschool, germanics, omnipotence, sadness, linguistics, language, phonetics, turkic
[comment] [rate] 1/5

[link] heard: 20 March 2004
[edit] added: 20 March 2004

(18:35:14) [me]: well, I am going to go play DDR in an hour and a half...

(18:36:11) Qatharsis: Putting on bland brown pullovers and pronouncing /a o u/ as /Q 9 u-/? ;-)

(18:36:56) Qatharsis: Can't help but parse that as East Germany.

[comment] [rate] 2/5

[link] heard: 17 January 2004
[edit] added: 17 January 2004

(06:02:06) Kesuari: (there is, i think, a certain amount of regular voicing and devoicing of stops and /tS/~/dZ/ (which might better be called /c/ and /J\/ even if that isn't their phonetic rendition) IMD. I have heard that it's not uncommon in AuE for voiced stops to be totally unvoiced and unvoiced aspirated, though i'm not sure if that's true for me.)

(06:02:44) [me]: that's like Werner's law

(06:03:03) Kesuari: or the second sound shift of german.

(06:03:19) Kesuari: which is like Werner's

(06:03:40) Kesuari: also fits into this neck of the woods better e.g. chinese and many other asian langs

(06:05:30) [me]: English:PIE::Australian English:Proto Germanic

(06:05:33) [me]: or at least in 2000 years

(06:06:02) [me]: lord help us if Middle English becomes proto-World

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[link] heard: 6 November 2003
[edit] added: 6 November 2003

(03:32:19) [me]: heh. Norwegian is a funny language

(03:32:28) Оберон: lol, yes.

(03:32:33) Оберон: thanks for pointing that out

(03:32:35) Оберон: or something

(03:33:16) [me]: ack, too much Norwegian. Need Silly Wizard

(03:33:45) Оберон: lol

(03:34:44) [me]: mmm, Macedonian

(03:34:52) Оберон: lol

(03:35:23) Оберон: at first, "(03:34) [jonathan]: mmm, Macedonian" looks like a random quote

(03:35:28) Оберон: but with some creative editing we have:

(03:35:42) Оберон:

(03:33) [jonathan]: I like the taste of European flesh

(03:34) [jonathan]: mmm, Macedonian

[comment] [rate] 2/5

[link] heard: unknown
[edit] added: unknown

"Zuxt oys in a verterbux - I'm not responsible for the meaning of German words."

[comment] [rate] 3/5