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Sep. 4th, 2016 | 07:58 pm

Posted in full on my tumblr via http://ift.tt/2bMjBgZ on September 04, 2016 at 12:28PM


things english speakers know, but don’t know we know.


Really, I had never noticed that before!  I guess all the reading as a kid made e understand it, Surprising small new unexpected English language information…  But linguists have!  Big bad modifier order post at Language Log

cross-posted at http://msilverstar.dreamwidth.org/510831.html

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The Kink That Winked

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from: kinkthatwinked
date: Sep. 4th, 2016 08:51 pm (UTC)

Well, that one made me laugh, because they're right. I've never noticed it before, but it is something that every English speaker does regardless of education level or where they're from. It's "little black book" and "Big Yellow Taxi." It's a brand new, bright red convertible, because a bright red convertible that's brand new just sounds weird.

As I was growing up in Chicago, I heard other poor black kids who'd likely never set foot in Harvard (or maybe any college) calling each other "ugly little bitch" or "stupid-ass little motherfucker." It was always "ugly little," not little ugly, or little stupid. I don't know how, but it's a rule that gets ingrained in all of us.

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from: msilverstar
date: Sep. 6th, 2016 05:07 am (UTC)

My Indonesian translator friend was surprised that we never learned the modifier rules explicitly

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