User talk:Lambiam

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Again, welcome! -- Cirt (talk) 21:20, 6 March 2011 (UTC)


Could you add {{Babel}} to your user page? I'd appreciate it. --Dan Polansky (talk) 13:57, 26 July 2015 (UTC)


What's your L1? So coy with the Babel box. Equinox 02:56, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

you don't have to answer that question ;P --Harmonicaplayer (talk) 17:18, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
We also wish to welcome you to User:PseudoSkull/Etymologies_of_usernames. Haha! Equinox 04:04, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
Indeed, what were they licking? —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 04:08, 22 July 2018 (UTC)


The 'i' in 'die' does not look like a 't'. If you read a lot of Fraktur, it is unmistakeably an 'i'. The dot over the 'i' is missing, but it is an 'i'. There are several reasons why the dot could be missing, including a defect in the paper, a damaged sort (piece of cast metal type), incomplete inking. It's a printing error, definitely not a typographic error. —Stephen (Talk) 13:03, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

@Stephen: I agree that the middle letter in 'd?e' is not a 't' but an 'i' whose dot has gone awol, which is why I added an alternative explanation to the comment in this edit. Still, the damaged 'i' might easily be misread for a 't', so I thought the comment had a function, namely to alert further editors they should refrain from modifying the quotation in the article text to something like "dte [sic]". Your edit transformed the HTML comment into something I wasn't sure was sufficiently clear to serve that function; to me it seemed more like a meta-comment on the earlier comment it replaced. I have now made clear that of the two competing theories – typo versus damaged 'i' – only the latter has validity.  --Lambiam 18:30, 19 August 2018 (UTC)


Hi Lambiam, thanks for your edit on my draft for the term autoplagiarism on my user page (User:Zumley/autoplagiarism). Please feel free to add that edit to the actual entry. Else I could do it for you. Cheers! Zumley (talk) 19:28, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for your research and help[edit]

Thank you for your research and help, at entries devil's triangle and Devil's Triangle. Much appreciated, -- Cirt (talk) 19:45, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

weetal as a univerbation[edit]

Are you sure it is a univerbation of an earlier phrase rather than a verb-object compound? ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 08:57, 24 October 2018 (UTC)

Of course it is a verb-object compound, but that does not imply it is not a univerbation. While there is a regular process for forming Dutch noun-noun compounds, verb-object compounds are few and far between. Other examples are bemoeial, brekebeen, durfal, stokebrand, and waaghals. An English example involving a verb – although not a verb-object compound – is ne’er-do-well, explicitly given as an example of univerbation in Laurel J. Brinton, Elizabeth Closs Traugott (2005), Lexicalization and Language Change, Cambridge University Press, p. 49.  --Lambiam 18:34, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
There wasn't much need to add those examples as I, being an instance of example 1, had edited at most of them. :P Anyway, those aren't specific reasons for classing it as a univerbation in this specific instance. The initial stress also strikes me as a little strange for a univerbation of weet (knows) al (all, everything); I'd expect ultimate stress there, but it is an old word so perhaps the pronunciation of either the word or the phrase changed. In any case, I don't doubt that verbs can end up in univerbation. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 15:30, 1 November 2018 (UTC)
In Dutch compounds the stress generally shifts to the first component. For example, in the imperative hou vast, the stress is on vast, but in its univerbated form houvast we find the stress on hou.  --Lambiam 16:01, 1 November 2018 (UTC)
True, though there are also many univerbations that keep their old stress pattern, like jongedame, which seems more common. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 08:55, 2 November 2018 (UTC)