Back to Earth

On the radio this morning, someone was talking about an uncrewed mission that has just collected samples from the asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft bringing the sample came back to Earth in September in the Utah desert. Nasa is distributing fragments to researchers across the world, including the UK. The interviewer started to say ‘bring the…… Continue reading Back to Earth

Surprised by genitive -s in Swedish

Swedish uses a morpheme -s to form genitive noun phrases and, surprisingly, uses it in much the same as English. This post looks at how this works. Much of the discussion here comes from Börjars (1998). Genitive form of unmodified nouns Like English, Swedish creates a genitive form of nouns by adding -s to the…… Continue reading Surprised by genitive -s in Swedish

Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian

I have just read a paper describing 16 differences between Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian. The description was in a paper that looked for the border between language varieties separated by each difference. The paper also looked at whether those borders match national borders and how close the varieties are to each other. The authors…… Continue reading Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian

Scandinavian language challenge day 13

Today I worked through chapter 4 of Danish in three months, covering: auxiliary verbsauxiliary verbs: word ordermodal particlesindefinite and negative pronounsdemonstrativesother words Auxiliary verbs Infinitiveat kunneat skulleat villeat måtteat burdeat turde Present tensekanskalvilmåbørtør Meaningcanshall, is to, mustwill, wants tomay, mustought todare(s) When må means may, it is often used with one of the modal particles gerne…… Continue reading Scandinavian language challenge day 13