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May
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comment Saying something is “for real” vs just saying something is “real”
@Frank, that's a great and much simpler illustration of what I was trying to say! Thanks.
May
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answered Saying something is “for real” vs just saying something is “real”
May
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comment Pronunciation of council/counsellor
You can call it anything you want, really - IPA symbols are just notation, and get used in different conventional ways by different people. The IPA has a diacritic for fronting, a + under the character, so perhaps you could write the diphthong as [a̟ʊ] to show that it's slightly fronted.
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answered Pronunciation of council/counsellor
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comment Is final /n/ sound reduced / nasalized in American English?
I'm sure she has mastered them in spoken production/perception, but the fact that the nasal in the cluster isn't psychologically prominent might still be making her leave it out in spelling, no?
Oct
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comment Is final /n/ sound reduced / nasalized in American English?
Does she leave out <n> when spelling words like "money", though? My impression was that she leaves it out when it's adjacent to another consonant, which is not the environment for Money-smoothing.
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answered Is final /n/ sound reduced / nasalized in American English?
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answered Calque pairs like 'praeternatural/metaphysical'
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comment What is the English counterpart to the Japanese ‘Insei’ – rule by a retired emperor/leader?
As for the actual question, it seems to me that this is a case where no concise expression exists in English, and we should just borrow the Japanese insei.
Apr
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comment What is the English counterpart to the Japanese ‘Insei’ – rule by a retired emperor/leader?
This doesn't really help come up with a word, but perhaps there was a Russian insei in the form of Putin while Medvedev was president from 2008-2012?
Mar
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comment Is this grammatically correct?
I assume the downvoter downvoted because your answer is basically saying it's incorrect to narrate something in present tense, which lots of books, stories, etc do all the time.
Mar
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comment Why don't “-use” verb-noun pairs obey initial stress derivation?
Hmm - it seems more likely to be etymological to me, since we don't see the same thing with "produce", and -uce = -use phonologically. But could be either way, I suppose.