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2019-04-07 12:22:05 -0400 answered a question What decides if a word is changed when originally translating a language, or if the characteristics (spelling/pronunciation/definition) stay the same?

When words such as 'rendezvous' are appropriated by the English language it is because there is no English equivalent, o

2019-03-29 12:18:28 -0400 answered a question definite article weirdness

Yes - you are correct. Unless, of course, there are only two ways of doing something - such as turning a handle, or a li

2019-03-22 03:37:58 -0400 answered a question What does the word or abbreviation 'PXS' mean? I think it is latin for proximity.

The Latin word for proximity is 'propinquitas' - it is possible 'pxs' is used, where 'x' simply means a contraction betw

2019-03-18 11:05:07 -0400 answered a question past tense of 'text'

It is definitely 'texted' (two syllables). However many people incorrectly use 'text', 'tex't' or 'tex'd' as the past pa

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2019-03-11 03:33:59 -0400 answered a question How does the use of “texting language” affect the general use of language by middle and high school students?

It probably results in poor attention to spelling and grammatical detail, because texting is a form of slang: i.e. it is

2019-03-05 06:36:44 -0400 answered a question What do you call a group of mermaids/mermen?

I think you have an opportunity to invent your own mass noun. Something like a 'swim of mermaids' or a 'tress of mermaid

2019-02-07 09:17:26 -0400 answered a question Metaphor/linguistics

Yes: If physical distance is the literal meaning of 'quite close', then figurative distance is the metaphorical meaning

2019-02-07 07:51:16 -0400 answered a question What is the etymology of the English word 'food'?

The word 'food' is derived from Saxon/Germanic/Scandinavian origin: food, fode, foder, foda, voda. Thus, the words 'fod

2019-01-29 04:37:02 -0400 answered a question What is the link between glitter, glint, gleam, glow, glimmer, glisten, and glare?

All of these words originate from Old English, where the prefix 'gl-' appears to have been a form of visual-onomatopoeia

2019-01-28 13:26:14 -0400 answered a question What does firmament really mean?

The word 'firmament' is derived from the Latin 'firmamentum' which roughly translates as 'that which supports, or, is su

2019-01-28 13:13:52 -0400 answered a question Anyone used Mturk to survey multilingual participants?

I think you would find it impracticable. I have used a questionnaire app on MTurk in English, and even that took a lot o

2018-12-20 08:10:32 -0400 answered a question What is the real etymology of the English word 'fuck'?

It seems most likely a derivation of the Latin focus (fire/hearth): thus, to foc was to 'poke a fire with a rod', and be

2018-09-28 09:16:39 -0400 answered a question the priority of signifier or the signified : a criticism to Lacan's model

The modern linguistic model regards the 'signifier' as the actual thing being described. On the other hand, the 'signifi

2018-09-28 04:11:50 -0400 answered a question Please define Standard English

The term 'Standard English' is really just a loose phrase to describe English from England, as that is where the standar

2018-09-28 04:00:21 -0400 answered a question Annotation tool

What is the question?

2018-09-28 03:57:56 -0400 answered a question Two Questions

The problem here is that Latin has too many variants. Following the collapse of the Roman Empire the language of Latin -

2018-07-18 13:08:52 -0400 commented answer Is the word founder applicable over time?

According to Wikipedia, Richards and Jagger joined Jones before the ad, as they already knew him. The age has relevance,

2018-07-16 02:28:12 -0400 answered a question Is the word founder applicable over time?

More precisely, Jones, Richards and Jagger had already formed a practice band by the time the name "The Rolling Stones"

2018-07-08 14:00:51 -0400 answered a question Like "the sum is greater than the parts", but one word?

In English the nearest one can get to this is the word 'holistic'. In philosophical terms it means that the components a

2018-06-25 15:35:54 -0400 answered a question what is autosegmental phonology all about?

In essence, autosegmental phonology is a departure from the standardised treatment of phonemes as clearcut consonants an

2018-06-20 03:49:49 -0400 answered a question Does anyone recognize this alphabet?

Yes, it is indeed Cyrillic, but the letters are entirely in upper-case and they are greatly simplified, because they hav

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2018-06-16 13:13:48 -0400 answered a question What if written language dissapeared?

The first part of the answer is that one doesn't need to take 'an imaginary giant step' as this has already happened his

2018-06-06 06:24:40 -0400 answered a question What differences are typically found between male and female language usage among U.S. middle-class teens?

A recent observations in Paris is that female middle-class US teens seem to use the word 'like' far more than males: e.g

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2018-05-29 07:43:44 -0400 edited answer Is English Romance?

Although English contains some Latin and Romance it evolved separately from the Romance languages. Their linguistic stem

2018-05-23 10:35:42 -0400 answered a question take a shower vs have a shower

'Have a shower' is English, 'take a shower' is American. I prefer 'enjoy a shower'.

2018-05-23 04:27:11 -0400 answered a question Term needed at end of "an operation period"?

Try "an operation period lasting from May to June".

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2018-05-22 11:13:52 -0400 answered a question Is English Romance?

Although English contains some Latin and Romance it evolved separately from the Romance languages. Their linguistic stem

2018-05-22 11:13:49 -0400 answered a question Are these considered pragmatic errors?

In this context pragmatics refers to intended meaning and ability to understand - thus, given the examples, the writers/

2018-05-22 11:13:03 -0400 answered a question “why does Portuguese sound different from the other Romance languages?”

It seems that Portuguese is closer to the ancestral language proto-Romance than the other Romance languages. There is a