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by zmjezhd
Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:17 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: hear/listen to
Replies: 3
Views: 1865

hear/listen to

Quoc. It depends what you mean with the two pairs of sentences. I've rewritten your sentences so they are grammatical. The second version combines the two sentences into one. 1a. They pronounced three words, and I heard them. I heard them pronounce these three words with the same sound. 1b. They pro...
by zmjezhd
Mon Dec 11, 2006 7:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: smearing revisited
Replies: 8
Views: 3669

smearing revisited

My question is why overload (or semantically shift, if you will) the meaning of smear when a perfectly good term already exists and has the chance of being understood by people outside of your immediate circle?
by zmjezhd
Mon Dec 11, 2006 6:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: smearing revisited
Replies: 8
Views: 3669

smearing revisited

The term used in historical linguistics for the phenomenon of "smearing" is semantic change.
by zmjezhd
Mon Dec 11, 2006 6:37 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: silent accent mark
Replies: 2
Views: 3938

silent accent mark

There is a diacritic mark in IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) called the under-ring, which when placed under phones denotes devoicing. Japanese has devoiced vowels, where the vocal tract assumes the shape of the vowel (i.e., manner of articulation), but phonation does not take place (i.e., the ...
by zmjezhd
Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: algorithm revisited again
Replies: 10
Views: 2606

algorithm revisited again

OK. Against my better judgment, I'm going to allow myself to be dragged into this argument of Dale's. Dale posts on other word-related boards than this one. I am a member of two of those other boards. My academic background is in linguistics and computer science. I currently work as a software engin...