Category Archives: Descriptive Analysis

Recognizing linguistic features and analyzing them for greater understanding.

Linguisticsy introduction to the Japanese language

I started teaching one of my linguistics major friends how to speak japanese on AIM tonight, so I figure I would post the conversation here. (01:54:58 AM) evilestmark: learn japanese Lesson 1. A. I. i. Saying your Name! (01:55:19 AM) … Continue reading

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Gender Identification Phonetics Experiment

For my Phonetics and Phonology class’s mid-term grade I was assigned with a project to design an experiment using PRAAT software to test subjects with a multiple forced choice test. I decided to see what could be done with pitch, … Continue reading

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Etymology Assignment

For History of English we had to do an Etymology Assignment. It was kind of interesting so I thought I would post what I wrote. It’s kind of really long so I’m going to put it behind a break.

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Names and Metaphor

My cultural anthropology professor mentioned something that I think is very interesting. He suggested that what separates humanity from the rest of life on earth is our perception and cognition of everything in a symbolic world. He illustrated this by … Continue reading

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More things I want to talk about or Research

Conotation based on phonetics without actually looking at vocabulary… for instance across languages the same sounds have similar meanings? Describing things using simile, metaphor, and regular adjectives and how it differs drastically depending upon the subject (He was as ugly … Continue reading

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Names

It’s really amazing, this mp3 by John Hodgman and Jonathon Coulton exemplifies some interesting aspects of what I’ve been pondering with respect to linguistics and names. The names of 700 hoboes… Why not? They could be any kind of person’s … Continue reading

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Abbrev.

Briefing myself quickly on the topic by browsing Wikipedia’s article I’m realizing I do not wish to go into to much detail, as much as merely muse. I was working construction this evening with a part-time carpenter and a painter/artist/paint-salesman. … Continue reading

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