Sunday, 29 March 2009

More Amyisms

Sunday, 29 March 2009 15:33
pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)

The negation of can used to be don't can ("She don't can sing") but is now often can't can ("She can't can sing"). Amusing :)

She still often uses "can it" rather than "can do it", as in German. (For example, "I can that by myself already" or "Can you it, too?".)

She also seems to be coming to grips with the adjective–adverb distinction; the other day she said, "I just burped loud... (short pause) ...ly".

In German, she sometimes uses a word that sounds a bit like "iffer", which appears to mean "whether"; for example, "Guck mal nach iffer sie noch schläft" (Have a look to see whether she's still sleeping). I imagine the -er ending is from English "whether"; I'm not sure where the rest of the word comes from or why she doesn't simply use "ob".

When I say, "I wonder whether [something or other]/I wonder what [subject verb]", she'll often respond, "I either". (Which is another Amyism for standard "I don't, either"; with several words that occur in negative sentences, she'll often leave out the negative.) I wonder what it's supposed to be a response to; "I don't know whether [something or other]", perhaps? Since "wonder" is not negative syntactically.

pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)

I wonder how easy it would be to make an Irish text-to-speech program (or, equivalently, a program that takes regular orthography and spits out a phonemic transcription, e.g. in IPA or something similar)... that is, how regular the written-to-spoken correspondences are.

I mean, I know that it's not one sound = one symbol, but I wonder how far you could get by taking vowel digraphs/trigraphs, marking them with a triplet of (pronunciation, broad/slender beginning, broad/slender ending), and using that to infer the pronunciation of surrounding consonants.

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pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)
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