Like a lot of academics, I'm way more narrowly specialized than is really convenient. So a lot of the questions I'd be inclined to ask here would be of the form "Can anyone point me to research on X question from Y perspective?" — where Y is some subfield within linguistics that I'm not terribly familiar with. Is this a legitimate use of the site?

  • Can you provide an example of the questions you have in mind? It can be a banal example, it doesn't matter, just to make us understand what you were thinking about. :) – Alenanno Sep 26 '11 at 16:03
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    @Dan do you mean questions like this? : linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/522/… – Louis Rhys Sep 26 '11 at 16:42
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    also, if you want references in particular, I have been trying to popularize the [reference-request] tag – Artem Kaznatcheev Sep 27 '11 at 5:13
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    Louis Rhys -- Yes, that's the sort of thing I was thinking about when I posted this. – Leah Velleman Oct 3 '11 at 13:42

Yes, that is perfectly acceptable. It is about linguistics, and has a clear but arguable correct answer.

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    +1 I totally agree. This is pretty standard on most of the SE sites I participate in. – hippietrail Sep 26 '11 at 17:26

I think it is acceptable as long as the scope is specific and unambiguous enough. Keep in mind we decided to discourage open ended questions.

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