Paleoweltschmerz killed the dinosaur.

I have no idea what you might be doing here, but welcome anyway. Enjoy the randomness.

allthingslinguistic:

hyperboreanhapocanthosaurus:

So you know what I don’t get? Why people repeat words. (x)

Grammar time: it’s called “contrastive reduplication,” and it’s a form of intensification that is relatively common. Finnish does a very similar thing, and others use near-reduplication (rhyme-based) to intensify, like Hungarian (pici ‘tiny’, ici-pici ‘very tiny’).

Even the typologically-distant group of Bantu languages utilize reduplication in a strikingly similar fashion with nouns: Kinande oku-gulu ‘leg’, oku-gulu-gulu ‘a REAL leg’ (Downing 2001, includes more with verbal reduplication as well).

I suppose the difficult aspect of English reduplication is not through this particular type, but the fact that it utilizes many other types of reduplication: baby talk (choo-choo, no-no), rhyming (teeny-weeny, super-duper), and the ever-famous “shm” reduplication: fancy-schmancy (a way of denying the claim that something is fancy).

screams my professor was trying to find an example of reduplication so the next class he came back and said “I FOUND REDUPLICATION IN ENGLISH” and then he said “Milk milk” and everyone was just “what?” and he said “you know when you go to a coffee shop and they ask if you want soy milk and you say ‘no i want milk milk’” and everyone just had this collective sigh of understanding.

Another name for this particular construction is contrastive focus reduplication, and there’s a famous linguistics paper about it which is commonly known as the Salad Salad Paper. You know, because if you want to make it clear that you’re not talking about pasta salad or potato salad, you might call it “salad salad”. The repetition indicates that you’re intending the most prototypical meaning of the word, like green salad or cow’s milk, even though other things can be considered types of salad or milk. 

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lynn1317:


What does the Cas say?

lynn1317:

What does the Cas say?

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the-platonic-blow:

Eddie Izzard on The Project (Australia) [x]

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bosehexe:

allthingslinguistic:

Morphological Typology (illustrations from SpecGram)

Descriptions adapted from The Lingua File

Analytic languages: also known as isolating languages because they’re composed of isolated, or free, morphemes. Free morphemes can be words on their own, such as cat or happy. Languages that are purely analytic in structure don’t use any prefixes or suffixes, ever. However, it’s rare to find a language that is purely analytic or synthetic since most languages have characteristics of both. Morphological typology is like a spectrum in which languages fit in somewhere from analytic to polysynthetic (a subtype of synthetic languages we’ll get to in a moment).
Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese are good examples of analytic languages. […] English, on the other hand, is one of the most analytic Indo-European languages, but is still usually classified as a synthetic language. […]
Types of synthetic language (i.e. languages that have prefixes/suffixes): 
Agglutinating Languages:With these languages, morphemes within words are usually clearly recognizable in a way that makes it easy to tell where the morpheme boundaries are. Their affixes usually only have a single meaning. Turkish,Korean, Hungarian, Japanese, and Finnish are all in this group.
Fusional Languages: Similar to agglutinating languages, except that the morpheme boundaries are much more difficult to discern. Affixes are often fused with the stems, and can have multiple meanings. A prime example of a fusional language is Spanish, especially when it comes to verbs. In the wordhablo ”I speak”, the -o morpheme tells us that we’re dealing with a subject that is singular, first person, and in the present tense. It’s difficult to find a morpheme that means “speak”, however, since habl- is not a morpheme. Fusional languages can be tricky!
Polysynthetic Languages: These languages are undoubtedly some of the most difficult to learn. They often have verbs that can express the entirety of a typical sentence in English, which they do by incorporating nouns into verbs forms. For example, the Sora language of India has one word that means “I will catch a tiger”. Many Native American languages are polysynthetic.

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nerdtacos:

mixologytonothing:

heartshapedboxofpinsandwires:

keep-calm-stay-healthy:

sherlockedandnotginger:

onlyslightly:

Fixed it.

Give this ALL THE NOTES please.

I dont wanna date boys who are so unbelievably insecure and obsessed with whatever I did in sex life prior to meeting them. You look at me and all you can think about is other guys pounding me? Sounds like a personal problem, asshole.

Kid: Why is it so bad for girls to be “a slut?”

Me: Oh, it isn’t really. But guys don’t like when a girl has a lot of sexual experience cause then they can tell if a guy is good or bad in bed. They prefer girls to be virgins, cause then she can’t tell how bad he might be at it.

oh shiiiiit, that last comment is gold

John Green said it best: “Do you think it matters how many people someone has slept with?” No, and it particularly bothers me that women are held to a different standard on this front than men. Also, it’s such a weird thing to care about. Like, imagine if I tried eating Cheerios for breakfast. Would Cheerios be like ‘I’m the 48th cereal you’ve tried eating!? I don’t feel special.’ Well then screw you Cheerios, I can’t go into the past and uneat all those cereals, but that doesn’t mean I don’t genuinly enjoy your wholegrain crunch…”

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queenfattyoftherollpalace:

I don’t care how many times I’ve reblogged this 

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clyane:

andrysb24:

darkchie:

deltamu19:

koalalover13:

sigilschakramsandslingshots:

kittenesque:

cutdownonyourporklife:

sweatinginthewinter:

kansascityshufflin:

WHO MADE THIS THING
thank you so much that I am a fuking MS WOMAN

Fire Hornet, yeaaah

Thunder Woman

Captain Titan…
Does that mean that I’m going to be the villain from MegaMind????

Wonder Knight. It works. You could do a lot with that.

Just Light …. uhhh…

Captain Streak

Really, Thunder MAsk.

Ms. America
…so basically I’m a beauty queen?

I’m Super Hammer
No one can touch anything, and its always my time!

Green Thing.Well, it could be worse I guess…

clyane:

andrysb24:

darkchie:

deltamu19:

koalalover13:

sigilschakramsandslingshots:

kittenesque:

cutdownonyourporklife:

sweatinginthewinter:

kansascityshufflin:

WHO MADE THIS THING

thank you so much that I am a fuking MS WOMAN

Fire Hornet, yeaaah

Thunder Woman

Captain Titan…

Does that mean that I’m going to be the villain from MegaMind????

Wonder Knight. It works. You could do a lot with that.

Just Light …. uhhh…

Captain Streak

Really, Thunder MAsk.

Ms. America

…so basically I’m a beauty queen?

I’m Super Hammer

No one can touch anything, and its always my time!

Green Thing.
Well, it could be worse I guess…

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torteen:

Great advice to writers.

torteen:

Great advice to writers.

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superwhomerotterlocked:

dacadaca:

the-sofa:

intellectuallyattractedtomsskye:

nelauk:

purrospit:

gentlefellow:

panconkiwi:

People that can draw correctly proportioned bodys without a previous sketch.

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People who can draw correctly proportioned bodys

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People who can draw correctly

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People who can draw

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People who can

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People

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why do we always end up here

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chubbymon:

portentouscatastrophe:

lastglimpsetheatre:

dolphinhats:

alicexz:

toothyhalcyon:

Welcome to Tumblr.

Holy shit this is the most accurate post I have ever seen in my life

wait…this is a completely different gif set on my blog…

Reblog this and then check it on your Tumblr. Go on, do it.

Yes.

What? How?

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sadgreymon:

teach4thekiddos:

If you are a teacher or going to be… Watch this!!!

If you are not a teacher.. WATCH THIS!  

I love this and I am so glad someone put this into words. 

this is very very important

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Disney Princesses In Accurate Period Costume.

butts-with-bro-shades:

mitunas-wife:

hellfirehotchkiss:

sheltymops:

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SLEEPING BEAUTY (1485).

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POCAHONTAS (17TH CENTURY POWAHTAN). 

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CINDERELLA (MID 1860’S)

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JASMINE (PRE-ISLAMIC MIDDLE EAST)

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SNOW WHITE (16TH CENTURY GERMANY).
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ARIEL (1890’S)

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BELLE (1770’S FRENCH COURT FASHION).

CLARIE HUMMEL

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Megara (Ancient Greece)

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Mulan (Ancient China)

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Tiana (1920’s)

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Rapunzel (18th Century)

I’ve reblogged this 6 times probably

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