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I am a computational linguistics PhD candidate. But before that, long before that, I fell in love with languages.

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May
15
comment What is the most complex simplifed character?
I've always marvelled at 攀...
May
13
accepted The development of rhotic vowels in Mandarin
May
13
comment The development of rhotic vowels in Mandarin
Thanks. My university has copies of both; I'll definitely take a look.
May
13
awarded  Commentator
May
13
comment The development of rhotic vowels in Mandarin
Yes, that explanation makes sense. The final stop would have had to have been present to block the metathesis. Incidentally, do you know of any reference work about these and similar sound changes?
May
13
comment The development of rhotic vowels in Mandarin
You're right, all the sound changes you've described are not particularly hard to imagine. The missing link was that /ʐɨ/ metathesised to /ɨʐ/ -- thanks for making that clear!
May
12
asked The development of rhotic vowels in Mandarin
Apr
22
answered Why in China do they use k instead of m for the slope of a line?
Mar
24
answered What is the function of 的多 in this sentence?
Mar
21
comment In Cantonese, what does 多到 (do1 dou3) mean?
This is correct. It says that the number of cases are 多 (many) 到 (to the extent that) it's getting serious.
Mar
6
comment 佰 vs 百: inconsistency in use
Thanks. Yes, that did come to mind...
Feb
29
answered 佰 vs 百: inconsistency in use
Feb
28
awarded  Scholar
Feb
28
accepted Syntax of 'Number Number MeasureWord'
Feb
28
comment Syntax of 'Number Number MeasureWord'
Fascinating. Another clarification: is 十九二十个 correct for 'nineteen or twenty', or must the first and second numbers only differ in the units place?
Feb
27
comment 很 and 最 - Questions of The Context
The first character in New York is 纽 (niu3), not 组 (zu3).
Feb
27
comment Syntax of 'Number Number MeasureWord'
You raise an interesting point with the second example: in the other two, the values only differ by one — in the middle example, they differ by twenty, and the first value is greater than the second. Is that another constraint? Could I say 十五七公里 to mean "fifteen or seventeen kilometres"? Could I say 八十百个 to mean "eighty or a hundred"? I find this intriguing, as I couldn't find anything in the literature about this pattern.
Feb
27
awarded  Critic
Feb
27
awarded  Student
Feb
27
asked Syntax of 'Number Number MeasureWord'