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post #9436 of 9842
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
All joking aside, you are pretty good Metro.

That's not what your mom said last night.
post #9437 of 9842
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Originally Posted by Huntsman View Post
I wish my mechanics were even 1/100th of this, even if a linguistics prof could chew it up, and even if you're entirely wrong.

It's a lot simpler once the basic rules are understood. It just sounds complicated because it's hard to follow without knowing the nomenclature or the processes they refer to.

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They seemed "off" to me, or suspicious.

Me too, but there are patterns which are created either artifically through online translators or truly through understanding the grammars but not the idiomatic differences.

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Originally Posted by rach2jlc
He also seems to have a "meme-literacy" (for lack of a better word) far out of whack with his writing competency. One might say he's just copying them, but they seem largely to be used correctly, in the right places, while the grammar or words around them are not. That's also a bit fishy, because despite his L1 or his competency therein, that kind of metalinguistic awareness won't come with somebody who is still at the level of "you must to vote."

It sounds 'fishy', but most of the memes aren't structurally different from some of his mistranslations. Look at this post:

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Poast moar possibility hier!

He uses the memes of intentional mispellings in 'poast' and 'moar', then uses 'hier' from German. Phonetically, there are no 'memes'. It's phonetically identical to 'Post more possibility here'.

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There is much possibility!

Again, he misuses the idiomatic phrase 'there is' (Italian 'c'è', German 'Es gibt') by not conjugating the verb correctly for number (he keeps it singular). It corresponds with the singular 'possibility'. 'Much' and 'many' are both the same morphological and phonological stem in other languages ('molto', 'mucho', whatever it is in Romanian, etc.), so he keeps saying 'much' when he should be saying 'many' due to keeping everything singular; English uses a different stem to denote number, whereas Romance languages do not, so a direct translation will probably default to the singular 'much' and cause his common mistake.

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Is not vague!

This is another common mistake he makes: eliding the subject of the conjugated verb. In German and English, the subject isn't elided. This means unless he has knowledge to replicate these mistakes foreign speakers sometimes make, my guess is that his base language is French or Italian. It corresponds well with his trouble translating grammatical number into English since it's so irregular.
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It's a lot simpler once the basic rules are understood. It just sounds complicated because it's hard to follow without knowing the nomenclature or the processes they refer to.

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his base language is French.
post #9439 of 9842
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Originally Posted by why View Post
It sounds 'fishy', but most of the memes aren't structurally different from some of his mistranslations. Look at this post:
That's a good point... and I didn't think of that. I guess what got me was the metalinguistic function of the meme, or the misspelling (not just "poast" here but some others he used) seemed to require a higher awareness than his following writing would suggest. While metalinguistic awareness (which, for other readers on the thread who may not know, is sort of "thinking about language as language" beyond just using it) is often related to competency or awareness in L1, rather than specifically L2, nevertheless how could you "get" why "poast" or "moar" might be funny in English but then use German "hier?" Unless, of course, you're a Gypsy!!!1!!111!
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his base language is French.
Imagine yourself kissed at the New Year's Party... "I knew it was you, ed!"
post #9440 of 9842
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
his base language is French.

That would be my guess, since his longest phrases in a foreign language are French (was just about to post that! stop ruining my exposès!).
post #9441 of 9842
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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
You can borrow one of mine.

I can't believe that you've racked up over 4000 posts since you breached 20000.

I assume most of these are in the muffguessing thread.


- B
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Originally Posted by rach2jlc View Post
That's a good point... and I didn't think of that. I guess what got me was the metalinguistic function of the meme, or the misspelling (not just "poast" here but some others he used) seemed to require a higher metalinguistic awareness than his following writing would suggest. While metalinguistic awareness is often related to competency or awareness in L1, rather than specifically L2, nevertheless how could you "get" why "poast" or "moar" might be funny in English but then use German "hier?"

I don't know if he thinks it's funny or not, but 'poast' and 'moar' are just mimetic. He sees it a lot, so he uses it.

My guess is he lives around Lyon or something. That's hard to pinpoint based on Internet posts though (would need to hear him talk, and even then that only tells of his origin).
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I heard the CIA changed their IP address to kill Kennedy
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post
I can't believe that you've racked up over 4000 posts since you breached 20000.

I assume most of these are in the muffguessing thread.


- B

That is becoming the seminal threak in SF.
post #9445 of 9842
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Originally Posted by Bhowie View Post
I heard the CIA changed their IP address to kill Kennedy

The CIA was just Metrostyles shooting with a proxy IP.
post #9446 of 9842
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
That is becoming the seminal threak in SF.

You just can't resist.
post #9447 of 9842
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Originally Posted by why View Post
You just can't resist.

thank you.
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Originally Posted by MetroStyles View Post
Come on, you don't seriously believe people go through that trouble do you?

Why question what you read when you can read and learn? Remember: the way to Heaven is a path of ricepaper.
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Why question what you read when you can read and learn? Remember: the way to Heaven is a path of ricepaper.

Uhhh... fuck that!
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Sometimes they are funny. <----- what I look like while enjoying some well-done sockpuppetry.
When you change your avatar to a constipated Cloris Leachman, I hope you remember to edit this post.
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