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German, premodern orthography 

> In any orthography using [long s] “ſ” at all, “s” marks the end of a word, or of a constituent of a compound.
> Thus, e. g.

> - “Wachstube” [ˈvakstuːbə] = “Wachs-Tube”, a tube containing wax

> - “Wachſtube“ [ˈvaxʃtuːbə] = “Wach-Stube”, guard room

(Otto Stolz, on the Unicode mailing list)

German sillypost 

consoling myself by thinking of every single ‹ ü › and ‹ ö › as emoticons when doing grammar drills. (‹ ɑ̈ › is an open-mouthed kirby)

immigration/academic employment worries 

was kind of counting that our project would be renewed, which would give me 4 more years of Europe. it wasn't.

now I have 9 months or so to find a postdoc or something, or I'll be deported back to Brazil which, in the current circumstances, for a trans woman, would be.... well, downright terrifying.

so cool and intuitive that have specific pronouns for "us two, us three, us four" as well as "the 2/3/4 of them", "the 2/3/4 of you" (besides singular and plural) by simply adding the requisite amount of fingers to the basic pronoun sign.

I wonder if any spoken languages have that. I’ve heard of dual and paucal pronouns, but for sign it feels so natural to specify the number this way if you want to.

I'm grateful for support programs for female researchers. But if you're organising something like this, please consider making it for women plus non-binary people.

I know that at some point in my life I'll have to design a morphological conscript, probably for a custom conlang. I resist the call but it's basically inevitable.

maybe the most widespread misconception in my sub-sub-field is that 'tonal language' would be a mutually exclusive category with 'stress language', with 'pitch accent' somehow lying in-between.

this is despite ~the~ canonical example of 'tonal language', Mandarin, having both tone and stress; a number of European languages having both stress and pitch accent (e.g. Norwegian); and langs like Shanghainese, San Mateo Huave etc. having the tone and stress systems interact.

proposal: instead of white ppl trying to acquire indigenous languages to document or revitalise them, teach linguistics to natives to empower and protagonise their own linguistic situation.

things I like in :

compound adjectives from temporal adverbs:

diesjährig ‘thisyearly’ (diesjähriges Sommerfest → the summer festival of this year)

rechtzeitig ‘righttimely’

frühstmöglich ‘earliestmayly’

(I'm using downstep/upstep symbols here because mastodon currently doesn't seem to support Unicode variation selectors, and the intonation arrows show in emoji style ↗︎ ↘︎ even if you follow them by VS15.)

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gf tells me that I say "Guten Appetit!" with the same intonation as "itadakimasu!" and apparently German ppl don't actually do that but it feels weird saying it any other way x3 (something like ↓gu↑ten appetiːːt!)

conlanging, theirtube link 

David J. Peterson does a ‘Create a Language in Just One Hour’

I admire the ability of my Tsugaru speaker’s stridents to overwhelm the amplitude detection algorithm of our professional-grade voice recorder.

Bless those who update Sci-Hub's urls on Wikipedia for theirs is the kingdom of science.

academics a couple generations older than me: be very careful not to reveal your research anywhere before publication you gonna be plagiarized by thesis pirates what if they use ~your data~ this is your life's work

academics from my generation on: hmm I will put the git url in the cover so that everybody can find the full version history after I upload the pre-alpha draft pdf to 15 different open archives

German grumping 

> denn (conj)
> Etymology
> Old variant of dann. The functional split between denn and dann was prescribed only by the grammarians of the 18th century.

so it was you again, 18th century grammarians. *shakes fist*

proud of Abralin for hosting these sessions with Labov, Haspelmath and others

(and of my friend and tutor Lívia in this video!)

German language change 

I bet by the time I finally get a handle on the the three (!) imperatives they will be gone >.>

bunch of trans academics: you could have been using your chosen name all along
me: WHAT
trans academics: yeah your CV and journal titles aren't legal documents
me: WHAT

so trans academics who aren't aware of this, you can use your chosen name everywhere

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