crewdlydrawn:

allthingslinguistic:

hyperboreanhapocanthosaurus:

So you know what I don’t get? Why people repeat words. (x)

Grammar time: it’s called “contrastive reduplication,” and it’s a form of intensification that is relatively common. Finnish does a very similar thing, and others use near-reduplication (rhyme-based) to intensify, like Hungarian (pici ‘tiny’, ici-pici ‘very tiny’).

Even the typologically-distant group of Bantu languages utilize reduplication in a strikingly similar fashion with nouns: Kinande oku-gulu ‘leg’, oku-gulu-gulu ‘a REAL leg’ (Downing 2001, includes more with verbal reduplication as well).

I suppose the difficult aspect of English reduplication is not through this particular type, but the fact that it utilizes many other types of reduplication: baby talk (choo-choo, no-no), rhyming (teeny-weeny, super-duper), and the ever-famous “shm” reduplication: fancy-schmancy (a way of denying the claim that something is fancy).

screams my professor was trying to find an example of reduplication so the next class he came back and said “I FOUND REDUPLICATION IN ENGLISH” and then he said “Milk milk” and everyone was just “what?” and he said “you know when you go to a coffee shop and they ask if you want soy milk and you say ‘no i want milk milk’” and everyone just had this collective sigh of understanding.

Another name for this particular construction is contrastive focus reduplication, and there’s a famous linguistics paper about it which is commonly known as the Salad Salad Paper. You know, because if you want to make it clear that you’re not talking about pasta salad or potato salad, you might call it “salad salad”. The repetition indicates that you’re intending the most prototypical meaning of the word, like green salad or cow’s milk, even though other things can be considered types of salad or milk. 

Can I make love to this post?… Is that a thing that’s possible?

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spoopyphus:

drkarayua:

bethylated-spirits:

dbvictoria:

Whoever runs the WSDOT twitter feed is a genius. Also, people who live in Seattle can’t drive in the rain, despite the fact that it rains all the damn time.

(x)

it’s because they’re all from California

I’m not even remotely surprised that this happened.

You can actually tell how long someone’s been living in washington based on how bad they drive when it starts raining. That being said, this is fucking hilarious

I’ve always said Seattle drivers are the worst 

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captainmwai:

pixelreblags:

goodolmoon:

rider-waite:

aconnormanning:

thecutestofthecute:

Please watch this video of a corgi on carousel and never be sad again.

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT VIDEO

the world is a beautiful place after all

meatball

oh my gosh yes~!

I just hurt my face being too happy at this.

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febricant:

SHIA LEBEOUF LIVE

THIS IS NOT A DRILL

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iamthedukeofurl:

98% of this image is pure badass
Then there’s Armstrong’s little hair loop.

Are you suggesting the Hair Loop, which has been passed down by the Armstrong family for generations, which has survived countless battles and remained perfectly coiffed, is not a testament to the ELEGANCE and STRENGTH of the Armstrong legacy?!

rizaoftheowls:

iamthedukeofurl:

98% of this image is pure badass

Then there’s Armstrong’s little hair loop.

Are you suggesting the Hair Loop, which has been passed down by the Armstrong family for generations, which has survived countless battles and remained perfectly coiffed, is not a testament to the ELEGANCE and STRENGTH of the Armstrong legacy?!

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partybarackisinthehousetonight:

never let your printer know that you waited until the last minute to print something and you’re in a hurry. they can sense fear

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rexuality:

paying thousands of dollars and going through college like

image

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hflat:

blisteringpitch:

fuckyeahdecemberists:

Some of the best rounds of Decemberists Against Humanity, first game. 

okay this I fucking need to play

I AM SO MAD I COULDNT MAKE IT LAST TIME WE NEED TO DO THIS AGAIN

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you-wish-you-had-this-url:

chibisilverwings:

clinttbarton:

i don’t want to live in a world where i’m not allowed to enjoy both Shakespeare and Ke$ha.

Wake up in the mornin’ feel quite Hamlet-y

Grab my skull, I’m out the door, I’m gonna act real shitty

Before I leave, overthink if I’m on the right track

Cuz if I kill my uncle tonight, he ain’t comin back

I’m talkin trying to kill my foe foe
But instead kill everyone I know know
9 deaths in a row row

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