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Correlation between the English -wise and German -weise suffixes

As a noun, it means 'in a manner/ fashion', as a measurement, 'by the' and as a suffix,'-ly'. So they're similar in a way.
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Why are English diphthongs not analysed as a vowel and a glide?

The Sound Pattern of English, Chomsky & Halle (1968), treats diphthongs as sequences of vowel plus glide. One reason for this treatment is that there is a difference between [əɪ] and e.g. [ey], ...
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Why are English diphthongs not analysed as a vowel and a glide?

There are certainly authors that analyze English diphthongs as vowel + glide, but as far as I understand the primary reason they are widely analyzed as distinct phonemes is that /j, w/ are otherwise ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

"Wa gwaan, people?" :) [clue: Jamaican patois] (I know, this is not just an accent, it is patois but it helps to make my point about exposure and experience.) I heard this in a TV series ...
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What are some rules that native speakers instinctively know about English that non-native speakers usually don't?

The countability of nouns and the transitivity of verbs are among the things dictionaries of English aimed at learners always make note of while native-speaker dictionaries do so only occasionally. It'...
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What are some rules that native speakers instinctively know about English that non-native speakers usually don't?

Instinct doesn't play a role in human language, instead native speakers have automatic unconscious knowledge of a cognitive system ("the rules") that allow them to understand and produce ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

What is your native language? As a native english speaker born and raised in the midwest, I have a hard time understanding him. I wonder if some of the sounds may be more similar to the normal ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

There are numerous fields of research on English dialects. A particular issue is that dialects change over time, so resources such as this one are very useful. Going further back in time, we are ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

A lot depends on who you've mostly spoken English with, and how close their accent is to your own. To my ears, at least, English with a Russian accent sounds more similar to a Scottish accent than to ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

I want to address things from the opposite front than the other answers. You seem to believe that non-native speakers have a better facility for understanding accents than native English speakers. ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

Note, the given example is from a chat show that occasionally borders upon being comedic in nature. Lily Tomlin and Kevin Bridges are comedians - Chris Hemsworth and Graham Norton are Australian and ...
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Why /əl/ in English sounds like [o]?

Short answer A central lateral approximant, [l], will have an underlying vocalic resonance which can be plotted on a vowel quadrilateral in the same way as a regular vowel. The vocalic resonances of ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

Lily Thomlin is a comedian. She's playing the supposed difficulty of understanding the accents as a joke. If you pay attention, she laughs quite appropriately to the jokes the others make. When ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

The first thing to consider is that this is a comedy show, and Lily Tomlin is a comedian. The second is that US speakers of English don't have a lot of exposure to UK accents, especially those most-...
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