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I'm a feminist, Autistic, linguistics/speech-pathology student, etcetc. I live in the Netherlands. Oh, and I really really really like singing. And cats.

What Actually Happens While You Sleep and How It Affects Your Every Waking Moment →

The Ancient Greeks believed that one fell asleep when the brain filled with blood and awakened once it drained back out. Nineteenth-century philosophers contended that sleep happened when the brain was emptied of ambitions and stimulating thoughts. “If sleep doesn’t serve an absolutely vital function, it is the greatest mistake evolution ever made,” biologist Allan Rechtschaffen once remarked. Even today, sleep remains one of the most poorly understood human biological functions, despite some recent strides in understanding the “social jetlag” of our internal clocks and the relationship between dreaming and depression.

The articles linked in this article are also very interesting, maybe even more so:

The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

Internal Time: The Science of Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired

A Linguist On the Story of Gendered Pronouns →



So you know what I don’t get? Why people repeat words. (x)

Grammar time: it’s called “contrastive reduplication,” and it’s a form of intensification that is relatively common. Finnish does a very similar thing, and others use near-reduplication (rhyme-based) to intensify, like Hungarian (pici ‘tiny’, ici-pici ‘very tiny’).

Even the typologically-distant group of Bantu languages utilize reduplication in a strikingly similar fashion with nouns: Kinande oku-gulu ‘leg’, oku-gulu-gulu ‘a REAL leg’ (Downing 2001, includes more with verbal reduplication as well).

I suppose the difficult aspect of English reduplication is not through this particular type, but the fact that it utilizes many other types of reduplication: baby talk (choo-choo, no-no), rhyming (teeny-weeny, super-duper), and the ever-famous “shm” reduplication: fancy-schmancy (a way of denying the claim that something is fancy).

Screams my professor was trying to find an example of reduplication, so the next class he came back and said “I FOUND REDUPLICATION IN ENGLISH” and then he said “Milk milk” and everyone was just “What?” and he said “You know when you go to a coffee shop and they ask if you want soy milk and you say ‘No I want milk milk’” and everyone just had this collective sigh of understanding.

Another name for this particular construction is contrastive focus reduplication, and there’s a famous linguistics paper about it which is commonly known as the Salad Salad Paper. You know, because if you want to make it clear that you’re not talking about pasta salad or potato salad, you might call it “salad salad”. The repetition indicates that you’re intending the most prototypical meaning of the word, like green salad or cow’s milk, even though other things can be considered types of salad or milk. 

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Filipino artist Noel Cruz transforms mass-produced dolls to create stunningly realistic one-of-a-kind figures of celebrities.” 

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“One of the most sinister things about normalized racism is you don’t have to have bad intentions to be racist, you just have to remain ignorant.”

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Questions by: indeedeeslaboratory

  1. What is your favourite tv series at the moment?
    Orange is the new black probably.

  2. Do you have any rolemodels?
    Certain people in my life (also on the internet). Laverne Cox, Janelle Monáe. But I don’t know, there are people and also ideas that influence certain aspects of me (but not completely).

  3. Any women in history you look up to? so yes, who?
    Frida Kahlo (and actually a lot more, but I have to read up on them).

  4. Was the first crush in your life something you had or something someone had on you?
    I think I had? Not sure. 

  5. Do you believe in only one true love per lifetime? why? or why not?
    No. I love so many people. There are so many wonderful people. There are so many ways people can fit together (but then again, sometimes they don’t or it fades/breaks again). Love isn’t only reserved for romantic partners. 

  6. Favourite band?
    I think Air Traffic? Or Florence + The Machine, if that counts as a band.

  7. Last book you have read?
    I haven’t finished a book in a loooongg time, I can’t even remember. There are so many I am trying to read right now though. Maybe that’s part of the problem :P

  8. When you were younger was there a movie or book which made a big impression on you?
    I think that must be Harry Potter :)

  9. If you could have any silly and slightly useless superpower what would it be? (like the ability to change all red fruit into rainbow coloured fruit)
    Making objects sing or produce nice sounds in any way (in harmony) (with eachother) (omg, I desperately want this).

  10. Thank you for your fun, amazing and interesting tumblrs and thank you for being well.. you :). If there is a something you would like to say or a question -other than the ones stated above- you would like to answer or if you just want to state a fact about yourself, please do.
    You are aaaaawesome <3 <3 Also, I like your questions :)

Please feel under no obligation to anwser any of these questions. If you don’t want to answer anything then you don’t have to. If you prefer never being tagged again drop me a message/ask and in the future you won’t be tagged again. If you see this and want to answer these questions, but you’re not tagged, feel free to answer these questions anyway.

My questions:

1. What do you really like for breakfast?

2. How would you imagine yourself ~in the future~/later in your life? Any things you would like to happen?

3. Do you have a certain pick-me-up song, and if so, what is it? (Or: What is your all time favourite song?)

4. Do you have any special interests? (Interests you really focus on and want to know eveeerrryything about) And if so, what are they?/what is it? (And if you want: Why is it so interesting to you?)

5. What was the internet like when it was first introduced to you? What did you use it for?

6. What’s your favourite type of weather?

7. Best sound in the world?

8. What would an utopia look like according to you? Can such a thing actually be imagined?

9. You all are awesome and I love being on Tumblr, because of all the kind, interesting and passionate people on here :)

Please feel under no obligation to anwser any of these questions. If you don’t want to answer anything then you don’t have to. If you prefer never being tagged again drop me a message/ask and in the future you won’t be tagged again. If you see this and want to answer these questions, but you’re not tagged, feel free to answer these questions anyway.

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