615 reputation
413
bio website none
location Sweden
age 43
visits member for 3 years, 2 months
seen Nov 19 at 13:31

I am an amateur with a love for the written word. English is not my native tongue, but I do have considerable knowledge of it.


Apr
28
comment Describing the preference of some time period's being closer to another time period that it forgoes
@Robusto He is not asking for people to proofread anything that I can see. Surely a question about how to phrase a question is not off topic.
Apr
28
comment Describing the preference of some time period's being closer to another time period that it forgoes
I don't know much about Martin Luther, but I do know that it is logically impossible for him to have considered anything about individuals living in the centuries after he did. centuries before or during Luther's time perhaps.
Jan
20
comment English generator algorithms
I actually optimized a little, reading through the entire text, without the end character. Instead, space gets inserted where words end. It automatically forms varying length words, while preserving some realistic word endings. But as you say, there are drawbacks with this solution.
Jan
20
comment English generator algorithms
Okay, I do not have access to weights in my language, but it is basically just a more economic way of randomizing an array. So, with a few texts of Shakespear and George Bernard Shaw, I think I am getting somewhere. There is a risk of going into dead ends, causing wildly varying length of strings and endless loops, but it certainly looks like English. Too much so, in some cases. =) purges whoughts whated s illay paing an of i s ge blififin you hemba t honea man ds thenes alls he to he nate wayeshavion the i guit youtled a dred thing a mor he nesn her eand of woe in for intand the
Jan
20
comment English generator algorithms
I understand your basic idea, however I'm not quite sure how to implement it. With n = 3, how would you construct words longer than 4 letters? I think it is a promising idea, as it may do everything in one fell swoop, removing the need for externally applied logic.
Jan
20
comment English generator algorithms
This is a good idea. I did some quick research and wrote up a script, unfortunately, it looks more like some African language. For example: olovow iheigh akieyures ivoula ocheege adie ohor tafe wamun hailure sour. Needs more statistics, or some such. I'll continue tweaking it.
Jan
20
comment Acknowledges - transitive verb question
"By signing below you acknowledge that..."? "Signing below" is the truncated form of the aforementioned, and should perhaps be written in full.
Oct
28
comment Meaning of “move out of a walk”
Really? That sounds strange. "Move out of", as in "leave"? As in "leave the state of walking"? Is this some kind of phrase? Can't recall ever seeing it before.
Oct
24
comment Are all English surnames-made-first-names masculine?
@onomatomaniak I saw those, and Grace, Rose and Ruby are definitely both female names and surnames. I upvoted your answer, but I am not entirely convinced, because all of those names are also nouns. For example, while "Adams" is undeniably referring to a man's first name, "Grace" is very likely to refer to "divine grace" instead. In other words, it might just be coincidence.
Oct
24
comment Are all English surnames-made-first-names masculine?
@FraserOrr Bailey and Alison. It does not matter if it is more commonly a girl's name, but rather what the person who thought of it as a surname-first name connection based it on. We cannot say for certain, based on a unisex name only, that a surname-made-first-name was supposed to be female (or male). For certain male names, such as Adams, we can pretty safely say that it is meant to be male, I am looking for "Eves".
Oct
24
comment Is it appropriate to omit “will not be”?
Sometimes I wish people did use explanation marks. It would make life easier. =)
Oct
23
comment Are all English surnames-made-first-names masculine?
@FraserOrr I'm sorry, there must be some confusion. You are talking about how it is now, 2011. I am talking about the traditional perspective, how it used to be. Like I said in my question: Of course, nowadays, people improvise a lot more, but speaking from a historical perspective.
Oct
23
comment Are all English surnames-made-first-names masculine?
Yes, I am a bit surprised that so many people seem to have a hard time understanding it. I don't think it's a hard concept to grasp at all. I'm not sure how to express myself any clearer.
Oct
23
comment Are all English surnames-made-first-names masculine?
@onomatomaniak Am I really expressing myself that poorly? If a given name is unisex, then we have no way of knowing whether a surname is meant to be based on the male or female version of the given name. If, for example, "Johan" would have been a unisex name in Sweden, that does not disprove the old Swedish tradition of giving sons a surname based on their father's given name. In much the same way as you cannot say "Paris is a city in Texas.", unless you know which particular "Paris" is being referred to.
Oct
23
comment Are all English surnames-made-first-names masculine?
@GEdgar That is a good point.
Oct
23
comment Are all English surnames-made-first-names masculine?
If you could incorporate the gender aspect in your answer, it could be a possible answer to my question. It seems a popular opinion here that surnames that can be used as female names today should be considered, which I do not agree with.
Oct
23
comment Are all English surnames-made-first-names masculine?
@onomatomaniak It is relevant to the case of the Madison name being a recent invention, though. And as such, perhaps not a good example of an exception to the traditional naming practices.
Oct
23
comment Are all English surnames-made-first-names masculine?
@FraserOrr Like I said, unisex names made surnames serve as poor evidence of usage of female names as surnames. Of your list of names, a brief google/wiki lookup showed only 4 names as somewhat uniquely female (Madison, Brooklyn, Lily, Lauren), and 11 definitely unisex. Many of the names clearly had an origin as male names (Addison = "son of adam", Ashley, Aubrey = Albert, Mackenzie).
Oct
23
comment Are all English surnames-made-first-names masculine?
@PeterTaylor Taylor falls into category B, which is to say a unisex name.
Oct
23
comment Are all English surnames-made-first-names masculine?
Very interesting, but my question is if this naming convention is restricted to masculine names only?