dEhiN wrote:I listened to both dialogues and I have a few questions about words that I'm not sure the meaning of and don't seem to be in the glossary.
For Dialogue 3:
1) வேடிக்கை அர்த்தம் என்ன?
This word really isn't in the glossary, so I had to look it up. IIRC it means something like 'amusement', so என்ன வேடிக்கை! basically means 'that's funny!' (literally 'how funny!' or 'what amusement!' but I think 'that's funny' is a more natural/idiomatic translation in North American English).
Is இதெல்லாம் just a contraction of இது and எல்லாம்?
If so, why contract?
Because one ends in a vowel and the other begins with one and pronouncing two vowels right next to each other is just hard, so it's a lot easier to simply delete (the first) one
3) நிறையெ அர்த்தம் என்ன?
This is in the glossary, just towards the bottom. It means 'a lot (of)' (I believe நிற means 'to fill').
கல்லா அர்த்தம் என்ன? If it is just the word கல் with the interrogative suffix ஆ, then why does the Child ask (in the 3rd line) இது கல்லா இரும்பா? Wouldn't it make more sense to add அல்லது, so you have இது கல்லா அல்லது இரும்பா "Is this stone or iron"?
I doubt the sentence ?இது கல்லா அல்லது இரும்பா is grammatical because if this works anything like Malayalam, then அல்லது does not have the exact same function that 'or' does in English. If you want to say 'X or Y?' as a question, then it is just X + interrogative suffix followed by Y + interrogative suffix.
Also, I have to say that the difference between பல் and பால் is very slight and I can barely notice it. In my family, there's more of a difference: /pæl/ vs /paːl/. So even the geminated long /a/ is pronounced as such in 'milk'. The way the man and child pronounce geminated long /a/ sounds basically like ungeminated short /a/!
Vowels aren't geminate; consonants are. "Geminated" is a verb, not an adjective.
But yeah, I've never ever heard of [æ] as an allophone of /a/ in any Indian language, only as an allophone of /e/.
Anyway, what's our assignment for next week (July 14, Bastille Day)? The reading passage and Exercises 3 and 4?