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by Abun
Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: Hokkien (Minnan) language
Topic: Minnan is a language group and not a single language
Replies: 6
Views: 14566

Re: Minnan is a language family and not a single language

Don't think in an overly complex manner, if two monolingual people can communicate with each other 90% of the time, they are considered dialects of each other, otherwise they are different languages. The different dialects are compared with the standard dialect of the language. I doubt two dialects...
by Abun
Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Chinese language
Topic: Finding a name
Replies: 2
Views: 31065

Re: Finding a name

This should be Cantonese It's Mandarin, just not in Pinyin because Pinyin didn't exist at the time the man first had to write his name in latin letters in his documents. With a bit of guesswork as to what his surename might be, google told me his name is 舒昌譽 (Shū Chàngyù in Pinyin) or in simplified...
by Abun
Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:40 am
Forum: Hokkien (Minnan) language
Topic: Minnan is a language group and not a single language
Replies: 6
Views: 14566

Re: Minnan is a language family and not a single language

I've pretty much given up on the issue of language vs. dialect because it has become more and more clear to me that the two are impossible to clearly define in scientific terms. Yes, the most commonly heard definition is that if two local vernaculars are not mutually intellegible, they are different...
by Abun
Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: Hokkien (Minnan) language
Topic: Complement particles - kah, liáu, tio̍h, hōo...
Replies: 9
Views: 19807

Re: Complement particles - kah, liáu, tio̍h, hōo...

First, You've got to realize that it's all different V-tio̍h structures out there, with different tonal structures. You keep going back to the basic one, the one that we see in: I ah-bōe khòaⁿ--tio̍h. Or I ah-bōe khòaⁿ-tio̍h he lâng. Now we talking about something else, like in a sentence like this...
by Abun
Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:19 am
Forum: Hokkien (Minnan) language
Topic: Complement particles - kah, liáu, tio̍h, hōo...
Replies: 9
Views: 19807

Re: Complement particles - kah, liáu, tio̍h, hōo...

I just checked the Maryknoll books again and it turns out I remembered incorrectly. They write: Lán ê sé-sa*-ê sé sa* sé-tio̍h chin kín. [tio̍h, kín and both instances of sa* standing, econd ê in "hanging" light tone, the rest running] “tio̍h”字並不轉音,而所有其他的字則該案 一般性規則轉音。 那度詞告訴我們: (1) 什麼行動在進行(...
by Abun
Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Hokkien (Minnan) language
Topic: Complement particles - kah, liáu, tio̍h, hōo...
Replies: 9
Views: 19807

Re: Complement particles - kah, liáu, tio̍h, hōo...

Hello amhoanna, thanks for your comments! I was already starting to think that maybe I'm the only one left who checks the forum more than maybe once every few months xD I have not given this much thought just now, but I was able to discuss this topic with some linguistically-aware native speakers th...
by Abun
Sat May 02, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: Hokkien (Minnan) language
Topic: Discussion: Taiwanese Grammar by Philip T. Lin
Replies: 3
Views: 14057

Discussion: Taiwanese Grammar by Philip T. Lin

About a week ago I stumbled upon Philip T. Lin’s newly published “Taiwanese Grammar: A Concise Reference” and resolved to share my thoughts about it with everybody, in case you are thinking of buying it yourself. If anybody else has read it, I would of course be happy to hear your comments as well. ...
by Abun
Wed Apr 22, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Learning Chinese
Topic: Electronic Dictionaries and Traditional Chinese
Replies: 2
Views: 10584

Re: Electronic Dictionaries and Traditional Chinese

most people I know use Pleco, a dictionary app available for pretty much all Android and iOS devices which combines a number of dictionaries. You can search for simplified or traditional, or Pinyin, or a mixture of the three if you want. The entries of monolingual dictionaries appear according to th...
by Abun
Wed Apr 22, 2015 3:20 pm
Forum: Learning Chinese
Topic: Meaning Of 才对
Replies: 3
Views: 17711

Re: Meaning Of 才对

Hey Lafaso this expression indeed doesn't actually add much in terms of meaning but places more emphasis on the statement (in most if not all cases a statement which would in English involve a "should"). The pattern is usually "应该x才对", meaning something along the lines of "x...
by Abun
Wed Apr 22, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: Learning Chinese
Topic: Does anyone recognize the characters?
Replies: 1
Views: 7126

Re: Does anyone recognize the characters?

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by Abun
Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Hokkien (Minnan) language
Topic: Complement particles - kah, liáu, tio̍h, hōo...
Replies: 9
Views: 19807

Complement particles - kah, liáu, tio̍h, hōo...

Hey everybody, although the forum has indeed fallen into a bit of a slumber lately, I don’t consider it dead yet, so here goes: I have been wondering for a few weeks about the different complement particles we have in in Hokkien and their respective functions and still find I am unsure about the dif...
by Abun
Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:26 am
Forum: Hokkien (Minnan) language
Topic: videos with poj/tâi-lô subtitles?
Replies: 5
Views: 16695

Re: videos with poj/tâi-lô subtitles?

Haha in terms of immersion Hua-lian is probably a better place than Tâi-pak :lol: I'll be here at least for this semester and thinking about adding another one. And Hua-lian definitely is high on my list of places I need to visit before leaving again xD But just in case you come to Tâi-pak again bef...
by Abun
Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:39 am
Forum: Hokkien (Minnan) language
Topic: videos with poj/tâi-lô subtitles?
Replies: 5
Views: 16695

Re: videos with poj/tâi-lô subtitles?

Ko-lim lí-hó! The only thing I can think of off the top of my head is the 做伙尬台語 (做伙教台語) series (for example this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ0JRXDfAAA). But they rather present vocabulary than have a real conversation. Btw, I am in Tai-pa̍k right now, studying Taiwanese. Ū-îng lán tō tshuē sî-...
by Abun
Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Hokkien (Minnan) language
Topic: Medhurst, Si̍p-ngó͘ Im and Chiang-chiu Phonology
Replies: 19
Views: 43935

Re: Medhurst, Si̍p-ngó͘ Im and Chiang-chiu Phonology

The conscious de-emphasis on aesthetics I’m not entirely sure what exactly you are referring to. While I also observe a trend that things above all are supposed to look pompous and not necessarily beautiful, I’m not quite sure how that relates to the topic of script-unification. After all, people c...
by Abun
Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:03 pm
Forum: Translations
Topic: tamoe's needs help for hokkien translation thread
Replies: 13
Views: 74048

Re: tamoe's needs help for hokkien translation thread

Thank you Ah-bin for your suggestions; I found them very interesting even though my own focus of study doesn’t lie on Medan Hokkien (at least not at the moment :mrgreen: Lú (nā-sī) mài khì, lú tō tòa tī chhù tàu-kha-chhiú wá. Indeed, now that you mentioned it “mài khì” does sound better than “m̄ khì...

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