crewdlydrawn:

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. 

Can I make love to this post?… Is that a thing that’s possible?

rawsh0ck:

Hey guys! In celebration of my new job i’m throwing a giveaway again~Since everyone likes to cosplay, here’s your chance to build your own cosplay!
Prizes:
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1 wig on ebay (or a different wig store of your choice) under $40
1 complete costume on ebay under $150
1 pair of shoes on ebay under $50
2 accessories of your choice under $60 (if you don’t want accessories i can buy you something on ebay/amazon equal to $60 value)
Rules:

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Winners will be chosen randomly by random.org!
Likes will be ignored, but you may use it as bookmark
You can reblog is as much as you want, but please, be considerate of your followers 
No giveaway blogs or empty blogs (i will check)
Unfollowers will be disqualified from future giveaways
Do not remove text
And for the winner, keep your ask box open. The winner also has 48 hours to respond, if not i will pick a new winner
I will ship internationally
The giveaway will end on January 1st, 2015

rawsh0ck:

Hey guys! In celebration of my new job i’m throwing a giveaway again~
Since everyone likes to cosplay, here’s your chance to build your own cosplay!

Prizes:

  • 1 pair of contacts from pinkyparadise under $30
  • 1 wig on ebay (or a different wig store of your choice) under $40
  • 1 complete costume on ebay under $150
  • 1 pair of shoes on ebay under $50
  • 2 accessories of your choice under $60 (if you don’t want accessories i can buy you something on ebay/amazon equal to $60 value)

Rules:

  • Must be following rawsh0ck (i will check)
  • For additional entries you can follow bruhnilla and my instagram  (+2 entries each follow)

  • Join featurepoints with my entrycode: TBYDRM (+5 entries)

  • For many entries, buy something from this wishlist (+20 entries each purchase and +1 entry for each dollar spent- not including shipping)
  • Likes will be ignored, but you may use it as bookmark
  • You can reblog is as much as you want, but please, be considerate of your followers
  • No giveaway blogs or empty blogs (i will check)
  • Unfollowers will be disqualified from future giveaways
  • Do not remove text
  • And for the winner, keep your ask box open. The winner also has 48 hours to respond, if not i will pick a new winner
  • I will ship internationally

The giveaway will end on January 1st, 2015