This post pertains only to questions that ask only about and engage one language.
I already read this and the following reason which has been alleged of many of my own questions:
"Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-topic unless primarily concerned with linguistics rather than usage. There are many language-specific sites where such questions are welcomed; see: http://stackexchange.com/sites"
I comprehend that prescriptive questions (eg: of usage) are off-topic, but what of questions necessitating linguistics knowledge about a specific language?
For example, though language-specific sites feature native speakers, they may not be linguists and so would be unable to answer a question as helpfully or meaningfully as here. For example, this question presupposes knowledge of the linguistic definition of 'tone' and 'intonation', and so would necessitate a linguist's attention, not simply anyone who knows Latin. The same problem exists for questions of Historical Linguistics for one language X; for example, most native speakers of X cannot connect an English or French Word to Proto-X as only a linguist can.
Example Question as a Test:
Title: How else might the Latin 'torrere' have drifted semantically to mean 'rushing, roaring (of streams)'?
[Etymonline] [...] from Latin torrentem (nominative torrens) "rushing, roaring" (of streams), also "a rushing stream," originally as an adjective "roaring, boiling, burning, parching, hot, inflamed," present participle of torrere "to parch" (see terrain).
Google revealed only one conjecture:
So, what could be the connection between a rushing stream and something which is dried out, thirsting for some water?
Supposedly, the contrasting meanings are linked by the image of a mountain creek or river which may be a raging current in spring, but dries out in summer.
Somehow the above is unpersuasive, probably because:
most raging streams do not dry;
it is factually false to refer to a dried raging stream still as a `raging stream``; one would have said 'dried raging stream'. 'dry' and 'rushing, roaring' are polar opposites;
I know that etymology is subjective and speculative, but are there any other conjectures that might possess more conviction?