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I’m Tom Christiansen, author of Programming Perl and Perl Cookbook from O’Reilly. I’m a freelance instructor giving courses in Perl programming, including Unicode and regular expressions. I’ve been using BSD Unix for 30 years now; like your maid, I don’t do Windows.

I’ve undergraduate degrees in Spanish and in Computer Science, and a graduate degree in compsci focusing on operating systems design and in natural language processing. I’ve studied Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Latin, and German, with a smattering of other languages thrown in. For the last few years I’ve been dabbling in computational linguistics.


Apr
12
reviewed Leave Open What term means “one who enjoys learning”?
Apr
12
reviewed Close what's the meaning of “When I raised up my heart and pulled together my limbs”?
Apr
12
reviewed Close Is this sentence acceptable in terms of grammar and style?
Apr
12
reviewed Close Proper sentence choice, while sending reply through email
Apr
12
reviewed Close “Sharing of knowledge” vs. “knowledge sharing”
Apr
12
reviewed Close When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work?
Apr
12
comment Using diacritics in new-formed words
That’s the price you pay for putting up with Microsoft. On a Mac, it is trivial to use Alt-u for the diaereses in Noël and naïveté.
Apr
11
comment Why does Hamlet not say, “ere he rots?”
Because ere triggers the subjunctive, just as lest does. “Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.” “Lest there there be any doubt, I have no intention of crossing that bridge.”
Apr
11
comment Is this right: “the whole France”?
Is Nino the successor to Eighto and the predecessor to Tenno, or do you mean Niño? :)
Apr
11
comment Does “In the event of …” take the genitive case?
For more support and discussion of all this, do please see the references I provide below in a comment to the Accepted answer.
Apr
11
comment Does “In the event of …” take the genitive case?
You might want to read through this short blogue posting, particularly its antecedent, “Possessive with gerund: Tragic loss or good riddance?” and the paper it cites, “Pronominal Determiners in Gerundive Nominalization: A ‘Case’ Study” by Liesbet Heyvaert et al. in English Studies 86(1): 71–88, 2005.
Apr
11
revised Does “In the event of …” take the genitive case?
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Apr
11
comment Does “In the event of …” take the genitive case?
Maybe it’s just me, but I try to avoid talking about people’s genitives in English. I prefer to call the my,thy,his,her,its,our,your,their set possessive determiners, and reserve to the mine,thine,his,hers,its,ours,yours,theirs set the term possessive pronouns. Now technically these are all personal not impersonal forms, since in the impersonal forms, there is never a difference in the determiner usage versus the pronominal one: one’s, anybody’s, someone’s. So pronominally: “Whose hat is that? It’s mine. It’s yours.” versus “It’s anybody’s. It’s somebody else’s.”
Apr
10
comment Can I use two colons in a sentence?
Lists that have something like as follows or the following before them are expected to use a colon. Here are some references.
Apr
10
comment Can I use two colons in a sentence?
This answer is incorrect when it alleges that the second colon is used wrongly. Lists introduced by the following are correctly punctuated by a colon leading up to them.
Apr
10
revised Why are foreign words used in modern vernacular?
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Apr
7
comment Proper etiquette for addressing comittee members
@martinf Not in my world it isn’t. And having length-related non-rules is even worse.
Apr
7
comment Proper etiquette for addressing comittee members
Whatever you do, please don’t forget the comma before the and.
Apr
7
comment Proper etiquette for addressing comittee members
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about diplomatic protocols, not about the English language.
Apr
7
comment What is a word for assigning a number to a value?
But a number is a value. I think you mean something else than what you said.