Layla in Alaska

Layla in Alaska

158 notes &

7 Ways to Fake-Pronounce Any Foreign Language

allthingslinguistic:

I’m on Lexicon Valley talking about why linguists tend to be good at pronouncing words in other languages (and no, it’s not because we speak all of them). 

Technically, this is a cross-post from myself, but since it’s an expanded version of a post that I wrote in my first month of blogging ever, you probably haven’t seen it before. It was shockingly popular at the time though, considering I only had a handful of followers. 

If you’re inspired by tip #7 to take up the IPA, you may find this post on vowels and this post on sonority/manner of articulation helpful. If you’re more into learning languages for reals than faking them (not that these tips are inconsistent with real learning, actually), I’ve got quite a lot in my language learning tag

Filed under linguistics

891 notes &

thingsfortwwings:

[Image: Natasha Romanoff lying in bed looking at a laptop. Natasha: “Clint shut up I can’t hear Steve.”]
fuckyeahcaptainamericapolyamory:

juliaere:

Natasha in pajamas for offtide, who is the most talented and the sweetest uwu
Turned into Nat skyping with some of her boys before bed!

#SCREAM #natasha going on jobs on the other side of the world #making the boys wake up in the middle of the night to skype w her #because she thinks their bedheads are adorable #and bucky says the funniest shit when he’s half-asleep and horny #clint and bucky and steve and sam all elbow each other to get their faces on the screen #while natasha asks them if they’re remembering to feed liho #and they ask her about her job #”don’t worry about it” #is all she’ll tell them #and of course they worry more #she buys them little trinkets as souvenirs #”nat why does my russian nesting doll have blood on it” #”the storeowner made me buy the lot after the guy i shot got brain residue everywhere” #ot5 #idk i want all the nat/everyones (via actualmenacebuckybarnes)

thingsfortwwings:

[Image: Natasha Romanoff lying in bed looking at a laptop. Natasha: “Clint shut up I can’t hear Steve.”]

fuckyeahcaptainamericapolyamory:

juliaere:

Natasha in pajamas for offtide, who is the most talented and the sweetest uwu

Turned into Nat skyping with some of her boys before bed!

#SCREAM #natasha going on jobs on the other side of the world #making the boys wake up in the middle of the night to skype w her #because she thinks their bedheads are adorable #and bucky says the funniest shit when he’s half-asleep and horny #clint and bucky and steve and sam all elbow each other to get their faces on the screen #while natasha asks them if they’re remembering to feed liho #and they ask her about her job #”don’t worry about it” #is all she’ll tell them #and of course they worry more #she buys them little trinkets as souvenirs #”nat why does my russian nesting doll have blood on it” #”the storeowner made me buy the lot after the guy i shot got brain residue everywhere” #ot5 #idk i want all the nat/everyones (via actualmenacebuckybarnes)

(via misamandry)

Filed under natasha romanoff fanart team nat

14,225 notes &

fandomsandfeminism:

keepyoursky:

fandomsandfeminism:

One of my favorite things about Wonder Woman, truly, is that she isn’t some isolated solo bad ass. 
There is no brooding, Bat Man like “loner” streak in her. She has no Supermany “Fortress of Solitude.” No, while Diana may sometimes be separated from her fellow Amazons, she never shuns them in self inflicted monkery. 
Rather, spectacularly, Diana revels in her sisterhoods. Whether with her fellow Amazons, or with other heroes, or with her human friends, like Candy. Wonder Woman’s enduring sense of Camaraderie, of fellowship, of solidarity and sisterhood is truly noble, and it’s one of  my favorite things about her.
She’s not concerned with being better than other women. She is not jealous of other women’s successes and strengths. She has no deep broody desire to prove herself worthy. She is filled to the brim with self confidence and  EAGER to embrace other women as her sisters. 
Self Confidant, dedicated to justice, and embracing sisterhood with all other women: All feminists should aspire to be as wondrous as Wonder Woman. 

I’d like to add that because of this in many ways Wonder Woman is the best warrior of the Trinity. At the end of the day, Diana can rally an army, something Supes and Bats can’t do. Diana knows how to lead, how to fight, and if necessary, she’s fully willing to kill. This makes Diana such a necessary member of the trinity. Sometimes justice means a crime fighter, or a symbol of hope, but sometimes it means someone willing to go to war, real, dirty, messy, difficult war, and Diana brings that to the table every damn time. 

How’s that quote go? “When you need to stop an asteroid, you get Superman. When you need to solve a mystery, you call in Batman. But when you need to end a war, you get Wonder Woman.”

fandomsandfeminism:

keepyoursky:

fandomsandfeminism:

One of my favorite things about Wonder Woman, truly, is that she isn’t some isolated solo bad ass. 

There is no brooding, Bat Man like “loner” streak in her. She has no Supermany “Fortress of Solitude.” No, while Diana may sometimes be separated from her fellow Amazons, she never shuns them in self inflicted monkery. 

Rather, spectacularly, Diana revels in her sisterhoods. Whether with her fellow Amazons, or with other heroes, or with her human friends, like Candy. Wonder Woman’s enduring sense of Camaraderie, of fellowship, of solidarity and sisterhood is truly noble, and it’s one of  my favorite things about her.

She’s not concerned with being better than other women. She is not jealous of other women’s successes and strengths. She has no deep broody desire to prove herself worthy. She is filled to the brim with self confidence and  EAGER to embrace other women as her sisters. 

Self Confidant, dedicated to justice, and embracing sisterhood with all other women: All feminists should aspire to be as wondrous as Wonder Woman. 

I’d like to add that because of this in many ways Wonder Woman is the best warrior of the Trinity. At the end of the day, Diana can rally an army, something Supes and Bats can’t do. Diana knows how to lead, how to fight, and if necessary, she’s fully willing to kill. This makes Diana such a necessary member of the trinity. Sometimes justice means a crime fighter, or a symbol of hope, but sometimes it means someone willing to go to war, real, dirty, messy, difficult war, and Diana brings that to the table every damn time. 

How’s that quote go? “When you need to stop an asteroid, you get Superman. When you need to solve a mystery, you call in Batman. But when you need to end a war, you get Wonder Woman.”

(via zillah975)

Filed under wonder woman dc comics

9,109 notes &

The toughest thing about the shield was making it believable that [Captain America] could throw this thing, have it bounce off something, then take some guy out and have it come back to him. We tried some practical stuff, where he’s throwing a rubber shield. Nothing worked until we handed it over to Chris Evans, until we said, ‘Okay, we’ve got this shield. It’s this wide, it weighs this much. What would you do? How would you throw it?’ And he came up with some really interesting ways of doing it. He had nothing in his hands, he was just miming the actions. It was basically Chris Evans’ ability to mime throwing and catching the shield that made it work.”

- Joe Johnston, director, Captain America: The First Avenger

(Source: durance, via misamandry)

Filed under captain america chris evans bts gifs there is something highly amusing about the mimed shield-throwing like 'CAP YOU DROPPED YOUR SHIELD IS ANYONE GOING TO TELL HIM'

355 notes &

allthingslinguistic:

Writing Skills: XKCD is on point about language again.
Here’s a study from this year on kids who use abbreviations while texting, and here’s a summary of previous studies: 

The first study, published in 2008, showed that 11 and 12-year-olds in Britain who used more textisms — whether misspelled words (“ppl,” instead of “people”), grammatically incorrect substitutions (“2” for “to” or “too”), wrong verb forms (“he do” instead of “he does”), or missing punctuation — compared to properly written words tended to have slightly better scores on standardized grammar and writing tests and had better spelling, after controlling for test scores in other subjects and other factors. A 2009 study, conducted by some of the same researchers on 88 kids between 10 and 12 years old, found similar associations between high textism use and slightly better reading ability.

Hovertext from the xkcd comic: I’d like to find a corpus of writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (e.g. handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher’s 7th grade class every year)—and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. I’ve heard the idea that exposure to all this amateur peer practice is hurting us, but I’d bet on the generation that conducts the bulk of their social lives via the written word over the generation that occasionally wrote book reports and letters to grandma once a year, any day.

allthingslinguistic:

Writing Skills: XKCD is on point about language again.

Here’s a study from this year on kids who use abbreviations while texting, and here’s a summary of previous studies: 

The first study, published in 2008, showed that 11 and 12-year-olds in Britain who used more textisms — whether misspelled words (“ppl,” instead of “people”), grammatically incorrect substitutions (“2” for “to” or “too”), wrong verb forms (“he do” instead of “he does”), or missing punctuation — compared to properly written words tended to have slightly better scores on standardized grammar and writing tests and had better spelling, after controlling for test scores in other subjects and other factors. A 2009 study, conducted by some of the same researchers on 88 kids between 10 and 12 years old, found similar associations between high textism use and slightly better reading ability.

Hovertext from the xkcd comic: I’d like to find a corpus of writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (e.g. handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher’s 7th grade class every year)—and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. I’ve heard the idea that exposure to all this amateur peer practice is hurting us, but I’d bet on the generation that conducts the bulk of their social lives via the written word over the generation that occasionally wrote book reports and letters to grandma once a year, any day.

Filed under language

6 notes &

kismetcity:

image

KISMET IS BACK!

It’s back, it’s back, it’s baaaaack! \o/

New pages will update every Monday!

And now I am funding the comic through Patreon! You do not have to donate to read the comic. You do not have to feel guilty for not donating! But if you want to donate, you can pledge as little as $1 per month and get a variety of goodies, ranging from sneak peeks ahead and the ability to vote on upcoming side comics, to books and other swag at higher donation levels.

»» GO TO PATREON FOR ALL THE INFO!

Or read the comic. That’s great too!

Filed under kismet reblogging for daytime

4,281 notes &

stuckinabucket:

I keep seeing a lot of justifications for the “Peter Quill forgot he had a passenger” thing that boil down to “No, it’s a totally cool way to illustrate that the character’s an asshole!  You know, for character development!” and it’s just like…not really, people.
I mean, yes, that is a way that you can demonstrate a character is a total asshole.  (There are also other ways to demonstrate that same thing that doesn’t come off as an “lol fuck you” directed squarely at half your audience, but that’s a different argument.)  But the problem with that is that otherwise he doesn’t come off as the sort of asshole who’d do that sort of assholish thing.  He’s immature and dysfunctional and venal, yes.  But the first time we get any sort of character scene for him, he’s got a black eye from getting into a righteous-anger fight over a dead frog.  He’s surrounded by what appears to be a loving family in the throes of grief, from whom he’s summarily kidnapped by what turns out to be a gang of space-pirates.
He spends the rest of the film coming off like the sort of person who’s had to play The Functional One for the crew of the HMS Warp Factor Clusterfuck for over half his life.  I don’t know if the repeated comments about eating him were meant to be taken absolutely at face value—there’s an argument to be made for reading them as some seriously fucked-up emotional blackmail rather than a genuine threat—but the dialogue about Yondu killing him if he gets out of line clearly isn’t a joke.  Whatever affection or use the pirates have for him, it’s explicitly not enough to keep him safe from them.  It’s not exactly an accident that the first instinct we see him showing almost every time there’s trouble is to try to smooth things over.
Rocket starts planning the escape from prison, and what happens? Groot straight-up rips something out of the fucking wall right in front of the guards.  Drax engages in some good old ultraviolence.  Gamora comes back with a device that was hardwired into somebody’s nervous system without batting an eye.  Peter…pays a guy a (judging by other sums mentioned) sizable chunk of money in exchange for the thing he needs.  Attempting to beat the dude up and take his stuff never even seems to occur to him.
He tries to talk everybody down when the other inmates are planning to murder Gamora.  He tries to talk everybody down when Rocket and Drax start fighting.  He’s the one who calls the Nova Corps to warn them instead of just showing up with what looks like an invasion fleet.  When Rocket pulls the “I need your prosthetic” thing again, Peter jumps in the middle and shuts it down like he’s apologizing for his racist grandma. 
He comes off like a guy who’s had to invest way too much energy, for way too long, into figuring out how everyone can go home happy and nobody needs to die today.  Like, how many times has he seen some variation on the psychic arrow vs. Kree soldiers scene play out with Yondu because he couldn’t defuse a situation?
Peter Quill isn’t supposed to be a huge asshole. (That would be Rocket, for those of you playing along at home.)  He’s supposed to be a fuck-up who’s figuring out that there can be more to his life than chasing the next thrill, pathologically flouting authority, and dodging his abusive foster-family.

The Functional One for the crew of the HMS Warp Factor Clusterfuck … ahahaha.
But really, this is a lovely meta on Peter Quill, his personality and his general role in the social groups that he’s a part of. I didn’t have a lot of thoughts on Peter after watching the movie, but this makes me … understand him better, I guess? And feel a lot more fond of him.
…. also, maybe unpopular opinion here, but I don’t think Peter forgetting about the girl on the ship makes him an asshole, necessarily. On an in-universe level, it just means that he a) has one-night stands, and b) kind of glides through life without paying much attention to the consequences of his actions or thinking too much about anything he’s doing, and c) is distracted at the moment because there are people trying to kill him. Which hey! Is basically his characterization right there.
That scene bugs me on a meta level because “Peter is a roguish space pirate, therefore he scores with hot women!” is needlessly cliche, and also because the girl is just there to look pretty and be part of a joke and vanishes shortly thereafter, never to be seen again. And I felt there was a general pattern of casual misogyny/fridging of female characters in the movie, and it was part of that. So yeah, I’m not saying it’s a great scene meta-wise, but for Peter as a character, I don’t think it’s any worse than just having a casual approach to sex and living a life that’s somewhat out-of-control at this point. It’s not exactly his high point, but it’s not that bad.

stuckinabucket:

I keep seeing a lot of justifications for the “Peter Quill forgot he had a passenger” thing that boil down to “No, it’s a totally cool way to illustrate that the character’s an asshole!  You know, for character development!” and it’s just like…not really, people.

I mean, yes, that is a way that you can demonstrate a character is a total asshole.  (There are also other ways to demonstrate that same thing that doesn’t come off as an “lol fuck you” directed squarely at half your audience, but that’s a different argument.)  But the problem with that is that otherwise he doesn’t come off as the sort of asshole who’d do that sort of assholish thing.  He’s immature and dysfunctional and venal, yes.  But the first time we get any sort of character scene for him, he’s got a black eye from getting into a righteous-anger fight over a dead frog.  He’s surrounded by what appears to be a loving family in the throes of grief, from whom he’s summarily kidnapped by what turns out to be a gang of space-pirates.

He spends the rest of the film coming off like the sort of person who’s had to play The Functional One for the crew of the HMS Warp Factor Clusterfuck for over half his life.  I don’t know if the repeated comments about eating him were meant to be taken absolutely at face value—there’s an argument to be made for reading them as some seriously fucked-up emotional blackmail rather than a genuine threat—but the dialogue about Yondu killing him if he gets out of line clearly isn’t a joke.  Whatever affection or use the pirates have for him, it’s explicitly not enough to keep him safe from them.  It’s not exactly an accident that the first instinct we see him showing almost every time there’s trouble is to try to smooth things over.

Rocket starts planning the escape from prison, and what happens? Groot straight-up rips something out of the fucking wall right in front of the guards.  Drax engages in some good old ultraviolence.  Gamora comes back with a device that was hardwired into somebody’s nervous system without batting an eye.  Peter…pays a guy a (judging by other sums mentioned) sizable chunk of money in exchange for the thing he needs.  Attempting to beat the dude up and take his stuff never even seems to occur to him.

He tries to talk everybody down when the other inmates are planning to murder Gamora.  He tries to talk everybody down when Rocket and Drax start fighting.  He’s the one who calls the Nova Corps to warn them instead of just showing up with what looks like an invasion fleet.  When Rocket pulls the “I need your prosthetic” thing again, Peter jumps in the middle and shuts it down like he’s apologizing for his racist grandma. 

He comes off like a guy who’s had to invest way too much energy, for way too long, into figuring out how everyone can go home happy and nobody needs to die today.  Like, how many times has he seen some variation on the psychic arrow vs. Kree soldiers scene play out with Yondu because he couldn’t defuse a situation?

Peter Quill isn’t supposed to be a huge asshole. (That would be Rocket, for those of you playing along at home.)  He’s supposed to be a fuck-up who’s figuring out that there can be more to his life than chasing the next thrill, pathologically flouting authority, and dodging his abusive foster-family.

The Functional One for the crew of the HMS Warp Factor Clusterfuck … ahahaha.

But really, this is a lovely meta on Peter Quill, his personality and his general role in the social groups that he’s a part of. I didn’t have a lot of thoughts on Peter after watching the movie, but this makes me … understand him better, I guess? And feel a lot more fond of him.

…. also, maybe unpopular opinion here, but I don’t think Peter forgetting about the girl on the ship makes him an asshole, necessarily. On an in-universe level, it just means that he a) has one-night stands, and b) kind of glides through life without paying much attention to the consequences of his actions or thinking too much about anything he’s doing, and c) is distracted at the moment because there are people trying to kill him. Which hey! Is basically his characterization right there.

That scene bugs me on a meta level because “Peter is a roguish space pirate, therefore he scores with hot women!” is needlessly cliche, and also because the girl is just there to look pretty and be part of a joke and vanishes shortly thereafter, never to be seen again. And I felt there was a general pattern of casual misogyny/fridging of female characters in the movie, and it was part of that. So yeah, I’m not saying it’s a great scene meta-wise, but for Peter as a character, I don’t think it’s any worse than just having a casual approach to sex and living a life that’s somewhat out-of-control at this point. It’s not exactly his high point, but it’s not that bad.

(via zillah975)

Filed under guardians of the galaxy gotg spoilers peter quill