User:Andrew Sheedy

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I will have little access to Internet for the next ten months (until July 2018), so do not expect to see much of me. Following that, I should resume my normal level of activity.

(In the meantime, feel free to add some of the words/senses we're missing that I've collected here! I sure don't have time to do it.... :P)

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en This user is a native speaker of English.
fr-3 Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau avancé de français.
es-2 Este usuario puede contribuir con un nivel intermedio de español.
pt-1 Este usuário pode contribuir com um nível básico de português.
la-1 Hic usuarius simplice latinitate contribuere potest.
tl-0 Ang tagagamit na ito ay hindi nakakaunawa ng Tagalog.
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Latn
This user's native script is the Latin alphabet.
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IPA-2
This user has an intermediate understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
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I began contributing to Wiktionary to fix inconsistencies I saw while using it, and the majority of my edits still consist of that. I love the idea behind Wiktionary, but anyone who uses it regularly will notice that it lacks a certain degree of professionalism that other dictionaries have. I hope that with time, this will improve, but for now I have to content myself with the little bit I can do.

Nearly anything related to languages and linguistics interests me, from the way language families are related to each other to tiny differences between dialects to the etymologies of words to the way children speak and learn languages.

Languages I Know[edit]

  • English — I have a Midwestern Canadian accent, but I have a fairly broad knowledge of words from other dialects, having spent many hundreds of hours reading books and interacting with people around the world on internet forums. However, I am not always able to match the words with the dialect that uses them, and have only a limited awareness of what slang terms are specific to my region.
  • Romance Languages — I understand enough from various Romance languages to be able to understand a fair bit in any of the following languages, and many not listed, not finding it too hard to recognize cognates as I read (though it depends a bit on the subject matter).
  • French — I speak and write French fairly fluently, though I still have many gaps in my vocabulary. I read French novels with ease, however, and can usually follow a French conversation without difficulty, provided I am familiar with the accent. I lived in Québec for a year, where I learned most of my French, so I speak with a Québécois accent, and don't always know the European equivalent of certain Quebecisms. I know a fair bit about French pronunciation, though I can't say much about differences between dialects (aside from a few peculiarities found in Canada).
  • Spanish — I can understand relatively simple texts in Spanish, and can usually figure out the content of more complicated ones, but I find it harder to understand the spoken language if it is not spoken slowly and clearly. I find it difficult to speak, but I can construct simple sentences (i.e. sentences with simpler vocabulary) with relative ease, and if I think about it, I can come up with more complex ones too. I am able to conjugate most verbs in most tenses.
  • Portuguese — I have learned a little Brazilian Portuguese, but I have only a limited grasp of it, as I have been focusing more on French and Spanish.
  • Latin — I have some knowledge of Latin, but it is limited. I have a basic grasp of Latin conjugation and declension, with a very small vocabulary.
  • Tagalog — I have learned a few words in Tagalog, and as Wiktionary's coverage of it is relatively poor, I have begun creating entries as well. I may make minor mistakes, which will hopefully be corrected, but I usually make sure to check multiple dictionaries and word lists to verify each sense I add.
  • IPA — My knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet isn't complete, but I have learned all the letters and most diacritics. I can't always transcribe what I hear, but I can usually accurately transcribe what I say. I will, however, admit that my ability to remember what all the letters in the IPA mean isn't perfect, and I often have to refresh my memory when it comes to sounds I'm not familiar with (especially if I don't review them, which has been the case lately). Sounds in the above languages (and their corresponding IPA transcriptions, usually down to a phonetic level) can be assumed to be familiar to me.

I would love to learn a host of other languages (high on the list are Ancient Greek, Arabic, German, Japanese, and Mandarin) and scripts, but for now my knowledge is mostly limited to the above.

Current projects[edit]

(Because of my busy schedule, I'm making very slow progress on this, but it's happening, bit by bit....)

Words to Add[edit]

Terms I've encountered that don't have definitions here:[edit]

Entries I Have Created[edit]

(including new etymologies, which are really separate terms)

Entries I Have Added Definitions To[edit]