Monthly Archives: December 2010

So…

Look… (recently in the LRB). I think I might start sentences with “Look…” when I’m very annoyed, and “So…” otherwise.

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Your own rules are made to be broken

I may cheat and find a less rebarbative, browser-friendlier romanization of Thai than the one I’m getting from Google. It would help to be able to type rather than cut and paste.

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Classifiers

C̄hạn sụ̄̂x s̄xng m̂ā C̄hạn sụ̄̂x m̂ā s̄ām tạw C̄hạn sụ̄̂x s̄ī̀ m̂ā C̄hạn sụ̄̂x m̂ā s̄ib Japanese, Korean and Chinese tend not to have separate plural forms for nouns, but use classifiers instead, like “rasher” in “five rashers of … Continue reading

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Ice cream weather

0 °C is not warm, even though I keep thinking it is. It just means that the ice melts.

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Every cat chases some dog.

There are, as well you know, two readings for that sentence. What does it look like in Thai? According to Google, like this: สุนัขแมวทุก chases บาง Maybe this gives us a clue about the training corpus. “Every cat loves some … Continue reading

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The cat paradigm

I asked Google Translate this: I am a cat. You are a cat. He is a cat. We are cats. They are cats. She is a cat. I got back this (romanized version): C̄hạn mæw Khuṇ pĕn mæw K̄heā pĕn … Continue reading

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New school Thai

What can you learn about a language through automatic machine translation? A good testbed for this, I thought, is Thai. I know next to nothing about it. It has tones, but I couldn’t tell you whether it’s isolating or inflecting, … Continue reading

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As-73 if

Arsenic nuclei have an odd number of protons in them. They also have a lot more protons in them than iron nuclei, which are the heaviest nuclei made in any sort of number by stars. There is no way that … Continue reading

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