|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » General Topics » Miscellany » Language variations Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#113499 - 10/12/03 10:12 PM Language variations
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
A friend had asked about terms of formal address, and in seeking info. on that, I came across this site.
http://www.hku.hk/english/course/sociolectures.htm With a bit of fiddling with the address, I found to my surprise that it comes from the University of Hong Kong. (Which went a long way toward explaining why some of the comparisons jump from American to British to Hong Kong English. Only.) Anyway, I felt a jab of familiarity reading
British and General American:
I might be able to go.
Maybe I should go.
I might could go. / I might can go.
I might should go. / I might ought to go.
There are a bunch of other comparisons, including some Navy jargon that might strike a chord with you, Dr. Bill, John Hawaii, and wow.
#113500 - 10/13/03 08:32 AM Re: Language variations
Loc: Sarasota, Florida, US
Interesting site, Jackie. I took a few linguistics courses way back when, and this site covers much the same ground that I recall from the old days. I still have some reservations about assertions such as:
From a linguistic point of view, there is no basis for saying that one dialect is more correct than another, just as there is no basis for saying that one language is more correct than another. All dialects are equally systematic, but they just have somewhat different systems.
I suppose the opening phrase is meant to soften what follows. I'm something of a stick-in-the-mud about all this acceptance of what I see as substandard usage. It may be that prescriptive is out and descriptive is in, but--as I used to tell my students--make sure you learn the "correct" forms just in case you ever decide to apply for a job.
#113501 - 10/13/03 08:47 AM Re: Language variations
Loc: Spam Factory
Dingo's breakfast: a yawn, a leak and a good look round (i.e. no breakfast)
I found this Australian slang particularly funny because the definition itself has a nice, alliterative rhythm to it.
#113502 - 10/13/03 08:53 AM Re: Language variations
something of a stick-in-the-mud about all this acceptance of what I see as substandard usage.
Someone at TVR once made the analogy of language use to shoes worn at a job interview. If you're interviewing for a job as CEO of Continental Draugsvold you're not going to score any points in a pair of oil-stained work boots. On the other hand, if you're looking for a job as rigger on an off-shore oil rig you're not likely to get much of a chance if you show up in a pair of $500 Guccis.
#113503 - 10/13/03 09:10 AM Re: Language variations
Loc: manchester uk
[rant]Fries and chips are not interchangeable words, fries are a completely different thing. Chips are thick as your thumb, deep fried in ( preferably) dripping and served with peas and gravy. Fries are those things you get in M$%££#*$!s.[/rant]
#113504 - 10/13/03 08:40 PM Re: Language variations
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Ah, yes; I am still astounded by the thought of a "vision" I had last June: a man walking along, casually eating a chip butty. [barf]
#113505 - 10/14/03 12:57 AM Re: Language variations
And what caused such a degree of astonishment as to lead to barfing? The fact that he was walking and eating at the same time or the fact that he was doing so casually? Is walking and eating at the same time only undertaken with great seriousness in the US, as befits the difficulty of a task which only the select few can manage?
#113506 - 10/14/03 04:03 AM Walking and eating
Loc: lower upstate New York
Outside of New York City, nobody walks. Inside of New York City, everybody walks and eats.
What's a chip butty?
#113507 - 10/14/03 04:41 AM Re: Walking and eating
Chips placed between two slices of bread to make a sandwich. One of the North of England's contributions to world cuisine.
#113508 - 10/14/03 05:08 AM Re: Language variations
I was somewhat surprised to find among the examples:
past perfect 'already'
They've already eaten.
Surely this is the present perfect not the past perfect.
Under complementation he says:
He appeared tired
He appeared a complete idiot.
He appeared tired
He appeared to be a complete idiot.
Perhaps I'm going to appear a complete idiot here, but to me "He appeared a complete idiot" and "He appeared to be a complete idiot" mean different things.
Forum Stats 8835 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members JimHarbor, treponim, Esmith, EvanescentBlue, Ashley
8835 Registered Users
Who's Online 0 registered (), 20 Guests and 4 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
endymion6 86 wofahulicodoc 79 LukeJavan8 71 A C Bowden 48 May 3 tsuwm 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11613 tsuwm 10530 LukeJavan8 7359 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 AnnaStrophic 6511 Wordwind 6296 wofahulicodoc 5717 of troy 5400
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith