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The Linguists' Club!

Postby LordRetard » Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:24 am

I guess it's just me, no one gives a damn about my major. Anyone want to talk about phonotactics?
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Re: The Linguists' Club!

Postby smiley_cow » Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:28 am

Everything I know about linguistics I know from studying French Grammar. Which means I know the names for gramatical thingies, like noun and Compliment of the Direct Object, but not much past that. Sorry.
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Postby Signious » Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:30 am

I didnt know that their was a dedicated degree in Linguistics, it would make for an interesting four years none the less
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Re: The Linguists' Club!

Postby Lethal Interjection » Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:41 am

I know nothing about linguistics. I once took an expository writing class and did very poorly. The teacher was a complete idiot. I learned absolutely nothing, and frankly, I'm not sure she knew anything to teach. We learned some of those grammar and structure things, but I didn't understand the necessity. My major problem was when she gave one guy a better grade than me for one of the worst pieces of university writing I have ever, ever seen. His structure was terrible, his arguments atrocious, and it was just grating to read. I wrote a good essay, but I guess it wasn't the best example of the style she was looking for (which is not even true) and gave me a letter grade lower than the guy. It was a fun class because of the people I was with, but that was about it. To give a better idea... She marked one of my friends essays as perfect, or flawless or something similar. And only gave him an A rather than an A+. Well done, teach.
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Postby Cirtur » Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:42 am

I have a practised knowledge of what a pronoun is.
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Re: The Linguists' Club!

Postby mountainmage » Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:54 am

I think my favorite grammar term is gerund.
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Re: The Linguists' Club!

Postby astasia » Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:44 pm

If we weren't such good friends, I'd wish you were dead.
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Re: The Linguists' Club!

Postby LordRetard » Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:54 am

My linguistics anthro professor once said that he liked the anthro side, because he could really just do whatever he wanted.

My own work is much more technical, but I prefer it that way.
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Re: The Linguists' Club!

Postby CasualFriday » Sun Mar 29, 2009 1:49 am

I took two years of high-school level Spanish while I was in middle school. The teacher was mediocre, but I was very interested in the concept of language itself. It fascinates me to know that people can communicate by making noises that sound like gibberish to others. I dabbled in Spanish a bit further, and would have become fluent if I had increased my vocabulary, but it kind of fell out of my favor once I reached high school.

Though I had already fulfilled my two-credit language requirement, I took two years of Latin in high school and absolutely loved it. The teacher was (and still is) an absolutely brilliant man who is completely fluent in seven languages and can give you the date of almost any occurrence in ancient history. I'm going to be attending the University of South Florida in spring of 2010 and I plan to take a lot of Latin while there.

Latin really brought linguistics to life for me because it feels like the beginning, where language started. I guess I can't gain a true appreciation until I learn some obscure Indo-European precursor.
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Postby Lethal Interjection » Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:27 am

The closest interest I have in linguistics would probably be the enjoyment I get from reading Hobbes and others from that time span.
The strange spellings of familiar words, and what was acceptable sentence structure at the time.
It can make reading their work difficult, but it is still quite interesting to me.
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Postby astasia » Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:47 pm

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Re: The Linguists' Club!

Postby smiley_cow » Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:56 pm

Historical Linguistics sounds the most interesting of those to me. Then again I am currently studying history, so my opinion might be a little bias. Language Typology sounded interesting too, though maybe only because I already know a little bit about it because of History (Latin vs Germanic language groups in Medieval Europe for example, or different language groupings of North American aboriginal languages are brought up sometimes, since genetically some of them varied very significantly despite the fact some of the tribes lived very close to each other).
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Re: The Linguists' Club!

Postby ChooChooTrain » Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:08 pm

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." -Oscar Wilde
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