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Small talk / Quotes: Mathematics for Linguists
« on: 2006-12-11 17:25:04 »
Georgi: For this time, any way of saying it is okay as long as it is okay enough.

Hamm: Note! I'm not arguing for linguistic relativity here. Some people always say that the Eskimos have 50 words for snow...
The Choir of Naughty Students: Noooooo, it's not true, blah blah...
Hamm: But even if - who cares?

Of course I do not expect you to understand.

Let's have a proof of about ten minutes.

Homework assignment: Give me a list of things that a chair is not.

James Bond is driving a car. <-> A car is being driven by James Bond.
In both cases, we say that James Bond is some kind of *agent* of a driving action.

A language community consists of at least two persons, maybe of one person, if you exclusively talk to yourself.

Today is going to be boring, but Thursday is going to be exciting.

Let's have a five-minute break that doesn't last longer than ten minutes.

I can say "He is almighty" without pointing upstairs, and you still understand who I'm talking about.

To change the intension of "the president of France", you have to conquer France and change its constitution.

The sentence "The pope's wife has a new lover" is neither true nor false because it has a presupposition that is not fulfilled. But maybe you could say "The pope's lover has a new wife" - who knows.

If something happens twice, it also happens once.

God didn't create economy of speech on the seventh day.

It would be weird to answer the question "How did Harry fare in court today?" with "Oh, he got a fine" in a situation where Harry got a fine and was also sentenced to death.

You say with very puzzled eyes that John has at least three cows...

Although I'm a bit older than 18, it's not too weird to say: "Yes, I can go to this movie, I'm already 18" - at least not weirder than the movies you're only allowed to see when you're 18.

Another question that was indirectly adressed to me is whether the open questions in the exam could also be answered in German. That's okay with me - any language I can read is fine. Also if you feel like writing your answers in French, Dutch or Middle Dutch, that's okay. Bulgarian is not allowed.

Small talk / Quotes: Java tutorials
« on: 2006-12-11 17:19:55 »
Jochen: Was ist das für 'n Geräusch? Ich glaub, wir ham ne Schlange im Labor.
Aleks:  Das ist die Klimaanlage!
Jochen: Hm... Ich mach die Klimaanlage gerne aus. ... Wobei, wenn's kälter ist, ist die Boa Constrictor langsamer.

Johannes: Ein Overflow beim Poppen, das wäre ungewöhnlich.
Aleks: (kicher, witzel)
Jochen: Diese Späßle. Vielleicht sollte man mal eine Bartwickelmaschine zu Weihnachten schenken.

Small talk / Quotes: Java I + II
« on: 2006-12-11 17:19:08 »
Java is very case-sensitive.

My K's always look capital.

An example is the attempt to divide by zero. That will cause a runtime error because infinity is not very well represented on a computer.

So static methods are kinda second class citizens within a class.

So we can have a pet class...

Being a person, I forgot to set the .0 there.

Should we talk about why newborn.PetRecord is illegal?

I want to initialize my pet now.

It's not a good idea to use static instance variables. It was discouraged in a book I read.

(Prof. v. Stechow has drawn a section of the oral cavity on the board) Where is the tip of the tongue when you pronounce [t]? Now, *I* (makes the incisor longer and pointier) pronounce it like this...

If I have one principle in life, then it is this one: The funding agency is always right.

(tries to explain the relative position of two secretaries' offices)
She's right below my secretary, figuratively speaking.

And though it might be easy for some, it might be useful for others.

Small talk / Quotes: Russisch I
« on: 2006-12-11 17:08:52 »
Manchmal wird es etwas länger ausgesprochen, je nach dem, wie man drauf ist.

Die ENDung ist das, was sich ÄNDert.

Im Hauptgebäude der MGU gibt es alles, sogar ein Schuhgeschäft... also, ein Schuhgeschäft nicht, aber man kann seine Schuhe da reparieren. Da habe ich meine Schuhe mal repariert.

Sehr gut, dass Sie es nicht verstehen!

Wenn Sie in den Norden gehen, wo lauter Omas noch wohnen, da hätten Sie unseren Phonetikunterricht gar nicht gebraucht, weil man da wirklich mo-lo-ko sagt.

Seite 37, das sind unsere Schulden, das haben wir noch nicht gemacht.

General topics / Fachschaft meeting 2006-12-14
« on: 2006-12-08 17:16:56 »
Thanks to Anas for reminding me! The next meeting is going to take place next Thursday, 14 Dec at 6 PM 4 PM. This is the last of our three switching meeting times, the one we haven't yet tried. New and exciting! As a meeting place I suggest the Saints and Scholars, a place directly opposite the SfS. Surely there'll be a free table for us to crowd around. :D CU!

- Christmas/After-Landeslehrpreis-Party (Wed 20 Dec, to be announced via e-mail before the meeting, on Monday or so)
- Brechtbau-Hausfest
- ...

General Linguistics / Sam and the Coathangers
« on: 2006-11-27 23:01:53 »
About a year ago, Sam Featherston explained a difference between English and German syntax using coathangers with revolving hooks. Laura present-mindedly took a photo.

Computational Linguistics / ISCL Pinboard
« on: 2006-11-27 22:57:05 »
To start with something in this board: ISCL students shouldn't forget to check out the ISCL Pinboard.

General topics / Fachschaft meeting 2006-11-27
« on: 2006-11-24 15:01:16 »
As announced, the next meeting will take place on Monday.

As not announced (but publicly discussed), let's have it at 8 PM rather than 4 PM. So some of the people who couldn't come last time can come now. And the other way round, I'm afraid. But it seems we really have to switch dates and can't ever be all together at a meeting.

Meeting place: One of the Fachschaft-rooms in Brecht-Bau, probably 139.

Parties and Events / The Brecht-Bau-Hausfest...
« on: 2006-11-17 17:00:50 »
...will take place on Friday, January 26. We decided to be there and sell drinks.

Whether we get an own room for that or share with another Fachschaft and where that will be and all that will probably be decided in a organizational meeting next week - is it the regular Brecht-Bau-Plenum meeting, Thursday, 8 PM? Andreas?

Particularly for the case we get an own room, let's collect ideas how to decorate it. And this is a challenge for our subject. :) Nevertheless, since Georg Baselitz paints upside-down trees and Sam Featherston uses coathangers to explain differences between English and German syntax, I'm sure there are enough picture-y ideas for linguists out there...

General topics / Fachschaft meeting 2006-11-13
« on: 2006-11-16 11:09:54 »
In future, "protocols" of the Fachschaft meetings should be put into this board. I'll make the beginning with the e-mail I send last Monday:

Dear Fachschaft members,

sorry, this is going to be a long e-mail, as there's quite a lot to communicate from today's meeting.

The most pressing issue, finding a time to meet, is still unresolved. Thanks to Anna for taking care of our various schedules - a tough job. As far as I remember, three of our top candidates were:
1. Monday 4-6 (which Johannes and Sladja can't make)
2. Monday 8-9 (which Sladja (?) and Charlotte can't make)
3. Thursday 6-8 (which some people couldn't make)
My suggestion now: Let's meet at a different time each fortnight. That means Monday 8-9 in 14 days' time, two weeks after that we meet on Thursday 6-8. So we can minimize "casualties", as someone put it.
Please discuss this HERE:

Our room today was room 139 of the Brecht-Bau. The rooms around there are specifically for the Fachschaften of the Neuphilologische Fakultät, hence their slobby atmosphere reminding faintly of the spirit of the seventies and eighties. All the money that the Fachschaften from our faculty get from the university goes directly there, for buying office materials and stuff. One or two new computers will probably soon be bought for the room of the Slavistics Fachschaft, who are happy to share their room with us. In a distant future, we might get a key (there's kind of a waiting list because the number of keys is limited). For the time being, we can go there any afternoon, and there's almost always someone who can unlock a room for meeting or working on Fachschaft projects.

The body to address for all these matters is the BRECHT-BAU-PLENUM, a weekly meeting of all Fachschaften in the Neuphilologische Fakultät. It takes place every Thursday at 8:15 PM in room 139 of the Brecht-Bau, just where we sat today. Lyubka, Jon and Andreas will go there this week. If anyone wants to join them, I'm sure this will be appreciated, this week as well as any week after that.

Something you (Lyubka, Jon, Andreas, ...) should do this week at the Brecht-Bau-Plenum:
- find out who to get in contact with concerning our participation in the Markt der Möglichkeiten
- find out who to get in contact with concerning our participation in the Brecht-Bau-Fest
- Vote for buying at least one computer for the room of the Slavistics Fachschaft.

Markt der Möglichkeiten and Brecht-Bau-Fest, what's that?

Well, next Wednesday, November 22, the university will be open to pupils from schools to get to know courses of studies. From 2 PM on, a so called MARKT DER MÖGLICHKEITEN will take place in the Brecht-Bau entrance hall, where students give information about their subjects. Anna, Armin, Charlotte, Jon and anyone who would like to join will do this for General and Computational Linguistics.

On Friday, January 26, as once every year, the walls of the Brecht-Bau will be shaken by a gigantic PARTY organized by the Brecht-Bau-Plenum. For us, as for all Fachschaften, this means a chance to make about 1000  Euro by selling beer and other drinks in a room. Thanks to Guy's immediate enthusiasm, our participation was agreed upon quite quickly. Guy volunteered to be there all night, the rest of us should support him - at least two additional people at a time - in shifts. I will send an additional e-mail to ensure that this matter gets the due attention.

An applause to Jon, our new treasurer, who will open a bank account for the Fachschaft that's free and easily transferrable to successors.

For a Christmas party, combined with a party for Landeslehrpreis laureate Hubert Truckenbrodt, Wednesday, 20 December was suggested - a decision about that should be made at the next meeting.

Final point: The idea of setting up a web forum on our webspace was nodded upon a lot at the meeting. Armin will do this. After that, we will pave the walls of the SfS with nice signs saying and hope that the new forum will be used as discussion and REPLACE our blog as well as the StudiVZ group "Sprachwissenschaft Tübingen" and lengthy discussion via this mailing list.

Thanks for reading and CU soon!

Small talk / Quotes of interest for linguists
« on: 2006-11-14 20:35:40 »

Nachdem ich sie so eine Weile eingehend betrachtet habe, muss ich mir der intellektuellen Redlichkeit halber die Frage stellen, ob ich womöglich doch ganz ohne Annes Schuld, überhaupt ohne Anne hier gestrandet bin. Zugegeben, die Überlegung drängt sich schon seit geraumer Zeit auf. Hätte Anne sich nicht durch irgendeine eigene Regung bemerkbar machen müssen, wenn sie eine von der meinen unabhängige Existenz führte? Ihr Name ähnelt verdächtig dem meiner Schwester Annette oder wirkt doch jedenfalls einfallslos, ein beliebiger Frauenname mit A. Fragt man Menschen nach einer Farbe, antworten sie ”Rot“, bittet man sie, ein Werkzeug zu nennen, sagen sie ”Stein“. Nein, nicht Stein, ich glaube, man sagt ”Hammer“. Auf die Frage nach einem Frauennamen würden neunzig Prozent wahrscheinlich mit ”Anne“ antworten. Das alles beweist natürlich noch gar nichts.
aus: Kathrin Passig, Sie befinden sich hier


"Antworte mir, ja oder nein", sagte Fräulein Bock. "Hat deine Mutter gesagt, daß Karlsson hier essen soll?"
"Sie möchte auf jeden Fall, daß er...", setzte Lillebror von neuem an, aber Fräulein Bock schnitt ihm mit ihrer eisigsten Stimme das Wort ab:
"Antworte mir, ja oder nein, habe ich gesagt! Es kann doch wohl nicht so schwer sein, auf eine einfache Frage mit ja oder nein zu antworten!"
"Das denkst du!" mischte sich Karlsson ein. "Ich werde dir eine einfache Frage stellen, dann wirst du selbst sehen. Hör zu: Hast du aufgehört, vormittags Kognak zu trinken, ja oder nein?"
Fräulein Bock blieb die Luft weg, sie schien beinahe zu ersticken. Sie wollte etwas sagen, konnte aber nicht.
"Na, wie ist es damit?" sagte Karlsson. "Hast du aufgehört, vormittags Kognak zu trinken?"
"Natürlich hat sie das", sagte Lillebror eifrig. Er wollte Fräulein Bock wirklich helfen, aber sie wurde völlig wild.
"Natürlich habe ich das nicht", schrie sie wutschnaubend, und Lillebror bekam einen Todesschreck.
"Nein, nein, sie hat nicht aufgehört.", versicherte er.
"Das ist bedauerlich.", sagte Karlsson. "Von Trunksucht kommt viel Elend."
Jetzt röchelte Fräulein Bock nur noch und ließ sich auf einen Stuhl fallen. Aber Lillebror hatte nun endlich die richtige Antwort gefunden.
"Sie hat nicht aufgehört, denn sie hat nie angefangen, das kannst du dir doch denken", sagte er vorwurfsvoll zu Karlsson.
"Hab ich das denn behauptet?" fragte Karlsson, und dann wandte er sich zu Fräulein Bock um. "Dummchen, da kannst du mal sehen, daß es nicht so einfach ist, immer mit ja oder nein zu antworten! Gib mir Pfannkuchen!"
aus: Astrid Lindgren, Der beste Karlsson der Welt


Ein von mir befragtes fünfjähriges polnisches mädchen (Stasia Kurszewska), welcher farbe das recht, racja, ist, antwortete: &bdquo;selbstverständlich gelb&ldquo; (naturalnie, że żółta). Und es erscheinen wirklich einigen mit besonders lebhaften einbildungskraft ausgestatteten individuen gewisse kategorien von substanzworten als mit besonderen farben und plastischen formen versehen. Einige polnische maler versicherten mich, es habe für sie jeder monatsname und jeder wochentagsname immer eine und dieselbe form und eine und dieselbe farbe.
aus: Jan Baudouin de Courtenay, Einfluss der Sprache auf Weltanschauung und Stimmung


Dieser Satz hat genau zweiundvierzig Buchstaben.
selbst ausgedacht


Mein Turingtest

Lisa:   Meet Linguo, the grammar robot.  I built him all by
   myself.  If you misuse language, he'll correct you.
Homer:   Well, let's put him to the test.  [slowly] Me love beer.
Linguo:   *I* love beer.
Homer:   Aw, he loves beer.  Here, little fellow.  [pours a handy
   can of beer in Linguo's mouth]
Lisa:   Dad, no!
Linguo:   [shorting out] Error.
Homer:   I'm sorry.  I thought he was a party robot.
from: The Simpsons, CABF14: Trilogy of Error

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