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Born a Frenchman, addicted to the BBC (wherever I live bloom satellite dishes), I have spent several years in the UK (specifically Richmond (I said "UK" )) as well as in Italy (Naples (I said "Italy")). Currently based in Dubai (UAE).

An electronic Engineer by formation and an IT/Telecom professional by occupation, I've had the opportunity to work in many countries (Saudi Arabia, China mainland and Taiwan, Romania, Spain, Ghana, the Netherlands, Brasil, United States, Panama, Dominican Rep., Tunisia, Turkey, Syria and a few others).

Raised by a German au pair at 5, having done my military duty in Germany, I've always been fascinated by languages in general and etymology in particular and my occupation has provided me with several opportunities to indulge in this hobby. I started to learn several languages and still can understand a few of them: including English, Italian and Spanish. The latter allowing me to communicate with my son (see avatar), my wife and my in-laws.

Other accounts I have in the stackexchange family include stackoverflow and programmers.

If you wish to contact me, please feel free to do so using my email/chat account which is alain dot pannetier at gmail dot com.


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asked Do the noun 'Reich' and the adjective 'reich' have a common origin?
Jun
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comment Origin of Separable Verbs
@user12889, the of thumb rule in English is that intransitive phrasal verbs are inseparable (as per the very definition of intransitivness: for instance "I get out") and that transitive phrasal verbs have a good chance of being separable. For instance, consider 'I look up a word in the dictionary' (the object is not inserted between the verb and the preposition), and 'I look it up in the dictionary' (when the object is a pronoun it is always inserted between the verb and the preposition).
Jun
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answered Origin of Separable Verbs
Jun
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comment Origin of Separable Verbs
I've addressed this question partially in this answer in the English Language and Usage forum.
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comment Meaning of Mann as a tribe rather than a male individual
Thanks. I'm still interested in this subject. As for Normannen being a loanword from French, please see the note [1] which I've just added to the initial question.
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comment Meaning of Mann as a tribe rather than a male individual
+1 - Sorry if this sounds ironic, but whilst you're saying that "I'm looking for something that does not exist", you actually seem to be giving the solution on the next line. Putting aside, as you suggest, the tribal sense. The Mannen (a weird weak plural for a strong noun btw) sense of group of men in arms is close to what I'm looking for especially in the compound name "Ala-mannen". A possible conclusion so far is that Mann itself is not a collective noun for a tribe but "Mannen" has a military meaning compatible with "Alemannen" and possibly "Markomannen" or "Normannen".
Jun
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comment Meaning of Mann as a tribe rather than a male individual
@Stovner. Absolutely. In the sense of "Menschheit" you have will find for instance the landmark documentary "The Ascent of Man". The sense of "Mann" I'm looking for is closer to "Mannschaft" - "Menscheit" is a relatively new word in German. The noun Mann-shaft is actually possibly another indication ("Soldaten einer militärischen Einheit").
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Jun
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asked Meaning of Mann as a tribe rather than a male individual
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answered Deutscher Konjugator / German conjugation tables
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