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Language usage questionnaire

There have been requests for me to post more about linguistics (no, seriously; there have), so, here are my usage-questions for you. There are no right answers in usage questions; I'm just curious. And, please, in order for this to be scientific (hah), let me know what variety of English you speak (i.e., where you learned to speak English - and try to be more specific than "America" if you wish to be useful).

1. The past tense of "dive" is:
a. dived
b. dove

2. Splitting an infinitive is:
a. Wrong wrong wrong! Bad bad bad!
b. Fine, if it makes the sentence flow better.
c. What the hell does "splitting an infinitive" mean?

3. For me (i.e., you) there is a difference in pronunciation between "which" and "witch"; and between "Wales" and "whales": True or False?

4. I sometimes pronounce the word "address" with the accent on the first syllable (AD-dress): True or False?

5. Pepsi, 7-Up, Orange Crush, root beer: collectively these are all called:
a. soda
b. pop
c. Coke
d. other (write-in)

6. Just for fun: the shibboleth question: give me the name of a town/locality near you that no outsiders can pronounce right, and try to tell us how it's really pronounced. My example: Willamette, in Oregon (name of a river among other things), is pronounced with the stress on the LAM, not the WILL. Saying WILL-a-met is the sure mark of an outsider.

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mikeneko
Mar. 30th, 2003 02:48 pm (UTC)
late entry...
Indiana, east, central.

1. The past tense of "dive" is:
b. dove

2. Splitting an infinitive is:
b. Fine, if it makes the sentence flow better.
(Unless publisher says no, in which case not. But I personally don't give a rip.)

3. For me there is a difference in pronunciation [...]
False.

4. I sometimes pronounce the word "address" with the accent on the first syllable
Hardly ever.

5. Pepsi, 7-Up, Orange Crush, root beer
b. pop. My sister has taken to calling these substances "soda" of late. No one knows why. It is confusing for all.

6. the name of a town/locality near you
Two-fer:
Russiaville = "roosha-ville"
Alexandria = "ellek"
ilanalynn
Apr. 13th, 2003 11:51 am (UTC)
1. The past tense of "dive" is:
I use "dove", generally.

2. Splitting an infinitive is:
Somewhere between "wrong!" and "fine if it makes the sentence flow better."

3. For me (i.e., you) there is a difference in pronunciation between "which" and "witch"; and between "Wales" and "whales": Sometimes. I also tend to pronounce "Wales" like "wells". But that's just me.

4. I sometimes pronounce the word "address" with the accent on the first syllable (AD-dress): Yep, depending upon how I'm using the word and how I feel like pronouncing it.

5. Pepsi, 7-Up, Orange Crush, root beer: collectively these are all called:
Pop! It's pop!

6. Just for fun: the shibboleth question: give me the name of a town/locality near you that no outsiders can pronounce right, and try to tell us how it's really pronounced. My example: Willamette, in Oregon (name of a river among other things), is pronounced with the stress on the LAM, not the WILL. Saying WILL-a-met is the sure mark of an outsider.

Well, since you appear to be familiar with the Great Northwest, you probably know all about Chemeketa, Champoeg, Yachats, Netarts, Sequim, Puyallup, and all those. And of course Oregon itself. I love it here. Yay!

Hmmm... a linguistics person. Neat! I found you on the LOTR group, you are being added to my friends list. :)
mollyringle
Apr. 13th, 2003 09:41 pm (UTC)
"Shampooey"! "Yah-hots"! "Squim"!
:)
In fact, the only one of those I'm unfamiliar with is "Netarts."

And welcome to the craziness - hope you enjoy your stay. ;)
poo_head
Apr. 15th, 2003 01:41 am (UTC)
English, Australian.

1. .. Either? Neither is sticking out for me as right or wrong.

2. What the hell does "splitting an infinitive" mean? :( I hate not knowing things.

3. No difference between whales and Wales. An ever so slight difference between which and Witch, barely enough to matter, though.

4. Yeah, sometimes. I say it both ways.

5. d. other (Soft drink)

6. There's a town somewhere that I went to once called Banoo Banoo.. But you say the two Banoo's completely different.. Bana Banoo, or something like that. Crazy.
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