dEhiN wrote:You went through 483 cards in 70 minutes! That's quite amazing. Did you do it all in one sitting? These days I'm averaging about 70-100 cards over 9 decks, although I only have 2 decks that I'm learning new cards in. (I have closer to 100 cards when I'm learning new cards).
Michael wrote:the Serbian influence in this music becomes obvious, if it was not already from the beginning
voron wrote:Michael wrote:the Serbian influence in this music becomes obvious, if it was not already from the beginning
Is it in the lyrics or in the melody? I can't notice anything Serbian in the two lines you quoted... (I can notice mysafir though which is obviously an Arabic loan via Turkish).
eskandar wrote:Why do you speak Italian with store staff? Is it just a matter of formality, or do they not understand Molisano? An Italian friend told me that, at least further north, dialects are close to death and people 30 and under don't really speak them - but it seems like the south is the exception to that.
Are you in a part of Molise where Albanian and/or Croatian are also spoken?
Michael wrote:No. The town where I'm staying is in the western hinterlands of the Province of Isernia, close to the border with Lazio, while Arbëresh is spoken in 4 coastal towns in the Province of Campobasso, to our east. My uncle (I call him that, but he would be my grandmother's nephew) said that it would take about an hour in order for us to reach one of these towns, which are ~100 km away, half the distance from this town to Rome. I'll keep on nagging him for us to plan a trip to one of these communities, though!
dEhiN wrote:How similar are Arbëresh and Albanian, or at least the Gheg dialect? If I remember correctly you've been practicing Gheg, right? So would you be able to communicate with the people in those communities?
Michael wrote: Have binge-learned all the seven classes of strong verbs, e.g. the ancestors of MnE speak - spoke - spoken, ride - rode - ridden, give - gave - given, etc. There were about 300 of these verbs in Old English, of which only about 80 of these survived to our days. Also learned some basic vocab relating to warfare and administration. 15/17, 88%
Serafín wrote:Does the number "300" include derived verbs as well, or just the basic root-and-inflectional-suffix verbs?
As an interesting comparison, I just checked my list of German verbs with vowel changes and I found that there's only 143 of such verbs, counting only basic forms, e.g. counting bieten but not anbieten.
C. Alphonso Smith (1896) wrote:Of the 300 simple verbs belonging to the O.E. Strong Conjugation, it is estimated that 78 have preserved their strong inflections in Mn.E., that 88 have become weak, and that the remaining 134 have entirely disappeared, their places being taken in most cases by verbs of Latin origin introduced through the Norman-French.
NOTE.—Only the simple or primitive verbs, not the compound forms, are here taken into consideration. The proportionate loss, therefore, is really much greater. O.E. abounded in formative prefixes. “Thus from the Anglo-Saxon flōwan, to flow, ten new compounds were formed by the addition of various prefixes, of which ten, only one, oferflōwan, to overflow, survives with us. In a similar manner, from the verb sittan, to sit, thirteen new verbs were formed, of which not a single one is to be found to-day.” Lounsbury, ib. part I, p. 107.
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