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Daily Paul Linguistics Thread

This is the Daily Paul liŋgwIstIcs θrɛd. Post information, trivia or questions about linguistics here!

Some primers:
International Phonetic Alphabet
Indo-European Languages Tree
History of English
Map of American English Dialects
History of the Alphabet
Quantitative Linguistics

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I am the longest French word.

I am the longest French word.

(yet, not that long, compared to what you coin up, say, in German)

I am an adverb.

I rank among the saddest to speak/read/write for Cyril, here :(

Which one am I?

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Have we mentioned this yet?


The libertarian.

at least we debate issues.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

Hello, BILL3 2

I like the avatar. Did that take a while?

A bit.

Is it true that you are no joke?

Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!

"Patriotism should come from loving thy neighbor, not from worshiping Graven images." - ironman77

Beowulf trans JRRT May 22, 2014

Harper Collins.

Free includes debt-free!

John McWhorter History of Language

And Study of language from the teaching company. To seminal linguistic course available at the teaching company by an incredible intellectual. The material is absolutely ground breaking and extremely accessible.

As lew Rockwell would say(when talking about looking at things from a libertarian perspective) watch the scales fall from your eyes and see the truth about linguistics. McWhorter shatters preconceived notions about language, myths about correct language, and while he does talk politics in general makes a very strong case for how the market of language is centralized by the state and thus thoroughly fucked by it.


I love the teaching company

I have listened to about 40 courses. If you are looking for a good one, check out Bob Solomon's course on the emotions. BTW, many of the courses are available at audible.com for a cheaper price (e.g., one credit).

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus


I've been thinking of creating a post/video library about the English language for a while. Videos of the history of English, phonics, English poetry and how it improves ones ability to write prose, communication skills or active literacies (public speaking & writing) as John Taylor Gatto calls them. I'd maybe even include videos of excellent orators giving their best speeches or reading the best English poetry (My post below will explain why.). One thing I wanted to be careful about is not to include "educational" content introduced by "educators" who have sought to thwart our ability to learn and communicate.

Maybe you would be able to answer some questions I had on one of my recent posts.

John Taylor Gatto's writing exercise: Building mathematical models or patterns in the memory, unit of meaning, inner jazz

The post above led me to watch videos on stresses and how some languages are primarily word stressed and others are syllable stressed. That led me to the subject of intonation and that there are about five main intonations in England. Some accents I like and some I don't. A few of the videos I watched was a talk given by Peter Roach of Cambridge University.

I'm particularly interested in intonation or rhythm used by Nigel Farage and especially Daniel Hannan.

I'm also interested in how English is used to communicate clearly and accurately in contrast to the manipulation tactics sometimes used by those who have learned NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming).

Anyways, I'm not fully versed on these subjects so maybe we'll have some experts contribute to your post. Hope this helps kickstart your thread~ :-)