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In Russian, the sequence is “rock, scissors, paper”: камень, ножницы, бумага (kámen’, nóžnitsy, bumága). The most obvious reason for this very sequence is that it makes a trochaic tetrameter verse, like Double, double, toil and trouble or Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater. The “paper, scissors, rock” sequence is also trochaic, namely, it is catalectic trochaic ...


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What about translating literally some Norwegian expressions? I've heard someone says "it wasn't only-only" before now, with a thick accent of course. "only-only" is not a recognisable English phrase. It could only be a literal translation of "bare bare" (for those that don't know Norwegian, this is an idiomatic way to say "...


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Here are some reconstructed phrases in PIE. It seems, the adjective could go both before and after the noun. Examples: Adjective before h₁ōḱéwes h₁éḱwoes "swift horses" dus menes "bad mind" (> "bandit, enemy") dus dius "bad sky" Adjective after ḱléwos wéru "wide fame" ḱléwos meǵh₂ "big fame" ...


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PIE had a rich inflection system, as is echoed in the oldest attested daughter languages. Owing to this, if adjective and noun were each appropriately declined, the order could be either way. As to the actual order, there is not enough evidence to support an absolute trend either way in PIE. Remember that word order is more important in modern Germanic and ...


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Which approach allows for the transfer of a higher amount of information bits per second? This is, as it turns out, a question that can be answered experimentally: neither. Coupé, Oh, Dediu, and Pellegrino (2019) showed that the information rate (bits per second) of different languages is roughly consistent all across the world; if the speakers of a ...


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In order to answer your questions, we have to address the other mechanism that is utilized. In the sentence The manual, you must read, you're not only moving the object phrase but also stressing it. Try uttering the manual you must read without stressing the phrase the manual. It would be a variation of the manual (that) you must read instead of you must ...


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