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comment Why is the 't' in 'nextdoor neighbour' usually silent? Where's the 't' in 'postman' gone? And why do people say 'guess book' for 'guest book'?
That is nice -- but maybe a linguist could do it better. Hopefully someone will come along and type it out clearly!
Oct
2
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Sep
27
comment Why is the 't' in 'nextdoor neighbour' usually silent? Where's the 't' in 'postman' gone? And why do people say 'guess book' for 'guest book'?
I think not, because the glottalizing is "off" in those contexts. Hmm.... should think harder.
Sep
27
answered Why is the 't' in 'nextdoor neighbour' usually silent? Where's the 't' in 'postman' gone? And why do people say 'guess book' for 'guest book'?
Sep
8
comment Which is correct: 'as beautiful as her' or 'as beautiful as she'?
I suspect this "rule," like many, was invented by 17th-18th century grammarians, concerned that English did not appear like Latin.
Sep
8
comment Which is correct: 'as beautiful as her' or 'as beautiful as she'?
I would go so far as to say that the prescriptively correct "as she" does not occur in the natural speech of any native English speaker.
Jul
30
comment Palatalization of “t” followed by “y”
are you referring specifically to British English? In American English the final /t/ in that is glotallized, so we don't get palatalization across the word boundary.
Jul
29
comment How often do people say “gotta”, “wanna” or “gonna” in English speaking countries?
A data point which is famous in generative linguistics but is valid regardless of your stance on such theories. "This is the picture that I wanna hang on the wall" is descriptively grammatical, but "This is the candidate that I wanna win the election" is not, you must say "want to." (In my analaysis this is because the modal "wanna" must be the subject of the following verb as with the older modals should/must/etc. In the generative analysis it's because there's an invisible "trace" of the subject "president" before the "to" that got moved but still blocks phonetic assimilation.)
Jul
29
answered How often do people say “gotta”, “wanna” or “gonna” in English speaking countries?
Jul
25
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Jul
24
comment spread of the quotative “be like” outside North America
@EdwinAshworth interesting paper! I suspect that the rapid spread of the form (as opposed to other Americanisms) has to do with its utility for precisely this function.
Jul
24
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Jul
24
comment spread of the quotative “be like” outside North America
I added a reference with examples for those who haven't heard of it.
Jul
24
revised spread of the quotative “be like” outside North America
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Jul
24
asked spread of the quotative “be like” outside North America
Jun
23
comment Can a hypothetical “could” main clause stand on its own without an expressed conditional?
This is a fantastically sourced question -- thanks! I cannot post an answer because I do not know the rule, but both the house and clock-repair sentences work with both "can" and "could." For the house sentence, I can think of no difference whatsoever in meaning. For the "clock-repair" sentence, I think the sentence with "could" is just a little more hypothetical -- with a little more of an implication that I am searching for anyone at all who could even try to fix the watch. But it's subtle.
Jun
17
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Jun
16
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Jun
11
answered A 'polite' way to say that someone is fat
May
8
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