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seen Apr 22 '11 at 13:14

I am a linguist working on my dissertation. I specialize in morphology and phonology. I studied computer science as an undergrad.

I am from the United States, and have lived in the Midwest and both coasts.


Jan
18
comment What is the proper way to use the pronoun “I” without too much repetition?
In Italian, leaving out pronouns is common (as it is in many other languages with very informative verb inflection, e.g. Spanish). That is, the information about who performs the action is embedded into the verb. As such, when a pronoun is used in those languages, it is often done for emphasis. On the other hand, English has impoverished verbal inflection and so the pronoun provides key information and can only rarely be left out. Since you are a native speaker of Italian, hearing the pronoun so often probably sounds much more significant to you than it does to a native English speaker.
Mar
23
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Mar
22
comment Are complex sentences uncommon or unwanted in English?
@Satanicpuppy: I would argue that it is not wishy-washy or dull unless you use it in that way (or inappropriately). People shouldn't say "more passive voice is needed!" any more than they should say "more subjunctive!" My main point is, when looking on a case-by-case basis, I feel that "because it's passive" is not a good enough reason to change a sentence. There needs to be another reason.
Mar
21
comment Are complex sentences uncommon or unwanted in English?
Oh great, another person who thinks passive voice is inherently bad.
Mar
16
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