Posts tagged language
Posts tagged language
Brilliance. Among other things, Mark Twain wrote that the “rules governing literary art in the domain of romantic fiction”
require that the personages in a tale shall be alive, except in the case of corpses, and that always the reader shall be able to tell the corpses from the others.
require that the author shall say what he is proposing to say, not merely come near it.
Listening to their own language, people with dyslexia did worse at recognising different voices. Listening to an unfamiliar language, there was no difference between people with and without dyslexia. The researchers theorise that this is to do with how the brain processes phonemes (the basic units of sound in a language).
For though the narration and description, which is made by a great man with you;
- that the descendants of Neptune planted there;
- and of
- the magnificent temple, palace, city, and hill;
- and the manifold streams of goodly navigable rivers, (which as so many chains environed the same site and temple);
- and the several degrees of ascent, whereby men did climb up to the same, as if it had been a scala coeli,
be all poetical and fabulous: yet so much is true, that
- the said country of Atlantis,
- as well as that of Peru, then called Coya,
- as that of Mexico, then named Tyrambel,
were mighty and proud kingdoms in arms, shipping and riches; so mighty, as at one time (or at least within the space of ten years) they both made two great expeditions;
- they of Tyrambel through the Atlantic to the Mediterrane Sea;
- and they of Coya through the South Sea upon this our island;
and for the former of these, which was into Europe, the same author amongst you (as it seemeth) had some relation from the Egyptian priest whom he cited.
Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis, The Echo Library, 2005, p. 11. Bacon’s words, my layout. (Though if I did it properly I wouldn’t use bullets on the lists.) The original is simply one long sentence, which I’ve broken up into lists.
Date, please …
(Um … I meant “What date was it printed?”, but now I come to think of it … )
“This guy is falling”
Comically Linguistic: It’s an easy mistake - sometimes it seems as though articulation is optional nowadays. Just the the other night a guy leaned over and said, “Would you like a drink?” I heard this as, “Do you like P!NK?” For a good five minutes I couldn’t understand why the poor sap was looking at me like I had just had a violent Tourette explosion.
Fascinating post about an attempt to track usage of the words math and maths by using the Google tool, and detailing the various ways the search was misled (e.g. by books about Welsh culture: math is is a Welsh noun meaning “sort” or “kind”).
Well I’m not so sure actually …
(Exercise caution with the link: I’ve not quite decided yet whether this is a bona fide site or a spam one.)
Sometimes the difference between your and you’re matters quite a lot. Hilarious example.