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May
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comment Morphology of mobster, gangster, webster, hipster
@Josh61 the dictionary contradicts itself. The English entry says it is inherited (including the Dutch variant), the Dutch entry says it is borrowd from Latin. Also the English section is apparently wrong as it claims it to come fromn PIE -as-tar-, but such suffixes were impossible in PIE (it had no "a" vowel).
May
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comment Morphology of mobster, gangster, webster, hipster
@Josh61 can you add this to the answer please? Evidently, the origin is three PIE suffixes concatenated, the -is-, the -ter- and -ia̯ (-i̯ea̯).
May
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comment Morphology of mobster, gangster, webster, hipster
@Josh61 Proto-Germanic -ere is borrowed from Latin -arius. So I wonder whether -istrion was also borrowed.
May
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comment Morphology of mobster, gangster, webster, hipster
What is the etymology of the suffix? The English -er comes from Latin -arius. Does -ster also come from Latin or a native one?
May
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revised Morphology of mobster, gangster, webster, hipster
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May
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asked Morphology of mobster, gangster, webster, hipster
Feb
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comment Origins of “turn over in his grave”?; “turn over in her grave”? etc., etc
I am sure this exists in other languages as well.
Jan
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Dec
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revised Great Vowel Shift reversed. Is it appropriate? In what region this accent is typical?
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Dec
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comment Great Vowel Shift reversed. Is it appropriate? In what region this accent is typical?
Your links are to en_us which is not I am speaking about.
Dec
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revised Great Vowel Shift reversed. Is it appropriate? In what region this accent is typical?
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Dec
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comment Great Vowel Shift reversed. Is it appropriate? In what region this accent is typical?
Yes, it is striking and very much set apart. It is like the medieval vowel shift has been reversed. And it is very much different from the "British English" from for example the Lingvo online dictionary.
Dec
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comment Great Vowel Shift reversed. Is it appropriate? In what region this accent is typical?
I made the links to the GB variant. But what is surprising is that it is totally different from what I prevuously heard as "British English". The British English from other sources is more like American/Australian.
Dec
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revised Great Vowel Shift reversed. Is it appropriate? In what region this accent is typical?
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Dec
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comment Great Vowel Shift reversed. Is it appropriate? In what region this accent is typical?
Your links to "hand" and "band" are dependent on your geographic location. To be location independent you have to specify the dialect: translate.google.com/translate_tts?q=hand&tl=en_gb translate.google.com/translate_tts?q=hand&tl=en_us translate.google.com/translate_tts?q=hand&tl=en_au
Dec
28
comment Great Vowel Shift reversed. Is it appropriate? In what region this accent is typical?
"raising and tensing of /æ/ to the diphthong [ɛə] or [eə]" - no, I hear it in the speaker's speech as a mono-vowel [a].
Dec
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comment Great Vowel Shift reversed. Is it appropriate? In what region this accent is typical?
@fdb the links are corrected.
Dec
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revised Great Vowel Shift reversed. Is it appropriate? In what region this accent is typical?
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