kevinfrane:

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. 

My inner linguistics nerd just woke up and it was Christmas morning.

as a barista this post is my life

castleoflions:

hauntbear:

here’s a little song i like to call “i cherish our friendship so i won’t tell u i would totally have sex with you if you asked”

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commanderjim:

radruler:

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i wonder who posted this

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natawhat:

gookgod:

usatoday:

A proposal to divide California into six states has received enough signatures to make the November 2016 ballot. Here’s how.

what the hell

six californias
maybe more

omfg this splits the bay area into 3 different states ahahah fuck going through border control every week multiple times

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dungeonsdonuts:

Breaking a rule about posting/reblogging only my own work, but it’s worth it. Originally shared by G+ friend Erik Jensen

Apparently new D&D (Basic Rules and the new PHB) is written to be as inclusive as possible in how it describes sex, gender, orientation, and such, and there’s a vocal minority who are upset about it. 

So here’s an old 1983 TSR D&D novel, picturing what I can only assume is a lesbian girl adventuring with her dragon girlfriend. Rose Estes, I need to go back in time and give you some kind of award. 

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xannalyn-everafter:

So I found a gif of this fabulous red panda and

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cuteeeee

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ahhhHHHH

frenums:

things that will always sound sarcastic

  • good for you
  • thanks a lot
  • yeah right
  • nice to know
  • wow
  • way to go
  • totally
  • ok buddy

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4gifs:

Heard you was talkin trash like I wouldnt find out

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