More Murphy’s Laws for Linguists

speculativegrammarian:

Whenever a group of non-linguists learn you are a linguist, someone will always ask you how many languages you speak.

Me: *scrolls through linguistics and translation jobs*
C.I.A.: Be a language officer! Languages: Arabic (standard), Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, Persian/Iranian, Dari, Russian, Somali.
Me: ......
Me: *scrolls away slowly*
"Languages are greedy. Probably no language has ever been content solely with the lexical materials avaiable from its own resources. Indeed the farther back in time we go, the more the concepts “original” and “borrowed” tend to blur together."
steammmpunk:

Welcome to Night Vale: The Man in the Tan Jacket

Ladies and gentlemen, surely you have noticed. There’s a man in a tan jacket.
damnyoumoonmoon:

becausebirds:

Owl in a towel.

so it’s a towl 

Für alle, die es interessiert: Heute kommt um 22:00 auf Arte die Dokumentation “Als Europa Französisch sprach” (http://www.arte.tv/guide/de/042513-000/als-europa-franzoesisch-sprach).

fuking-homestuck:

j-z-millier:

louxisalhama:

spaceisforlovers:

jethroq:

danadelions:

ja ja ja ja ja
a spanish person laughing or a german person during sex???

you decide

Finnish person struggling to remember what they were about to say next

polish person trying to get themself noticed

portuguese person trying to hush other people

Chinese person trying to do calculations

swedish person wanting to get out of a conversation

(modalauxiliaryから)

linguisten:

Hard core linguistics

vagbags:

rainbowcubone:

vagbags:

merryduckie:

vagbags:

WHO THE FUCK VOTED BILL NYE OFF DANCING WITH THE STARS???? HE INVENTED SCIENCE WHAT DO U THINK YOURE DOIGN

he left because he got injured..

WHO THE FUCK HURT BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY

He tore his own ligaments whilst dancing.

WHO THE FUCK ALLOWED BILL NYE TO DO THIS TO HIMSELF

(iminyourmindalldayから)

thegirlwhoswamwithsharks:

harrie5:

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THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE

(元記事: captain-harrie (linguitleteisから))

bubblemetropolis:

What the fuck am I readingIs t here a single Korean word in this other than ‘kimchi’?

Important to note that Bamboo English was originally spoken between American military personnel and Japanese people after WW2. It was later imported to Korea. Just for anyone who was as confused as me about the apparent influence of Japanese [the affix -san, or the use of the word taksan which resembles the Japanese takusan (a lot, enough, many) quite a lot in my opinion]. A paper on this can be found on JSTOR (“Bamboo English - The Japanese Influence upon American Speech in Japan”).

gothamswhore:

bamashark:

rlywrmn:

andheavenwaits:

inner—utopia:

Bless that one person in every group that is like “keep going, I’m listening” and encourages you to finish your story even when everyone else is talking over you.

BLESS THAT PERSON SO HARD.

yesss

I try so hard to be that person.

(iminyourmindalldayから)

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