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bio website nonsensefromtalksent.blogspot…
location Briar Patch, VA
age 30
visits member for 1 year, 2 months
seen May 8 '13 at 18:34

Bonjour tout le monde !

Full disclosure: I strive to balance my descriptive/prescriptive scale, but I am prone to the prescriptive. Shamelessly.

This site looks like a great tool to observe commonly accepted idiomatic expressions in this ever-changing bastard child of a language. I speak a pretty common middle American English with some influences from the South, and I am also fluent in Continental and Québécois French.

Foreign languages and linguistics are my passion (B.A. McGill 2008), and I have a heavy background in Latin (caveat emptor) as well as working competencies in Italian, Spanish, and German.

While teaching is my vocation, I'm taking a break from it now to work on my Master's, and I work full time as a phone monkey for [international corporation] in a call center. This delightful job gives me a great sampling of language usages, and I am eager to share and learn.

I also enjoy long walks on the beach and foreign films.


Jan
29
awarded  Yearling
May
8
comment Should words be capitalized because they're loanwords?
Great reference to Go. I came across a difficult analogy that only worked if the name of the game were capitalized.
Apr
9
comment Non-rhotic dialects and intrusive r
Also non-rhotic word final articulation still exists in some of the South, though with a higher vowel, I find, and it's dying out like BrE did here. "Here" takes on a bit of a [hijə]. Sorry, the more I think about it, that's not a very good transcription.
Apr
9
comment Non-rhotic dialects and intrusive r
@jbeldock The Labov studies on "fourth floor?"
Apr
9
comment What is it called when the word “sorry” is not used for apologizing?
It is regional in AmE (and very common in BrE) as an empathetic statement. In the South, we say "sorry" all the time without meaning any kind of apology, just like in "I'm sorry you couldn't figure that out." "Sorry?" is also used as a polite way to say "I didn't hear you" like in a sincere "Beg your pardon?" and "Come again?"
Apr
9
comment How should I punctuate around quotes?
If the syntax were the reverse of the discourse: 1. She wondered, "What's the rush?" 2. He wondered, Is it worth the risk? 3. Mahmoud asked, "Are you a doctor?" The first two, using the same articulation (verbalized, none) of wondered seems to contradict not using quotes in example 2, does it not?
Mar
5
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
4
comment Languages understandable to English-speakers without learning
@Tristan, "...not just something I have stated *but," the comma serves to punctuate your VP before the conjunction. Rare to use it after.
Mar
4
comment Languages understandable to English-speakers without learning
A wise colleague of mine has said many times (in re: teaching SL/L2/L1) that there is no great talent in speaking your native language.
Mar
4
comment Languages understandable to English-speakers without learning
@Mitch As recently as two decades ago, the Tangier Islanders were such an insular community, literally, that they spoke an English so preserved from their ancestors, dating back to the settlement of the fishing community by speakers of BrE.
Mar
3
comment Redneck and usage
+1 (every time I see I can +1; it seems like some users don't understand that there's no possible way I could get my own bounty). Would you mind adding your comments to your answer?
Mar
3
revised Languages understandable to English-speakers without learning
corrected info
Mar
3
comment Languages understandable to English-speakers without learning
Thank you @Frank and Nuno; I did type it backwards!
Feb
27
comment Redneck and usage
Calling all rednecks...I can't possibly be the only Southerner here. I would love to hear from you all.
Feb
27
revised Is “ass-wise” an acceptable English word? Is it a noun, or adverb?
fixed punctuation, added info for clarification
Feb
27
answered Is “ass-wise” an acceptable English word? Is it a noun, or adverb?
Feb
27
comment Redneck and usage
Is it more insulting to be called a wife-swapping sodomite than a redneck?
Feb
27
comment Redneck and usage
@FumbleFingers thank you for noticing such a trend with the OP. I am ?uncloseted or what have you when it comes to being a native Virginian. Redneck can be just as positive an epithet as dork, but I fail to see these "closet rednecks" documenting their personal experiences. I do hope to find that I am not the only Southerner contributing to this community, and I encourage the opinions of such users not to protect a certain ?caste, but to give a wider sample.
Feb
27
comment Redneck and usage
@Lynn, I welcome your personal experience.
Feb
27
comment Redneck and usage
@FumbleFingers I can't perforce deny my skin color, either. Pardon the overshare, but I'm third generation Lebanese American on top of being a Southerner, and I'm not sure than anyone can deny pigmentation. Do you copy? If not, I welcome further details.