Both Linguistics and Philosophy have philosophy-of-language tags with a decent number of questions (36 on Philosophy and 13 on Linguistics; the Linguistics site also has some related questions in other tags).

Should we recommend a site for where these sorts of questions should go? If so, which?

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    I don't know...I feel they are appropriate in both or either. I have no preference. I'd say just keep them wherever they appear? – Cerberus Feb 16 '13 at 3:12

I agree with Cerberus but this doesn't mean both are OK on both sites: tailor the question to the site you're (=general) posting it. We don't have the same kind of "investigation" and answers that Philosophy SE does. So the question should aim at a different target and get a different answer/analysis.

Other than that, posting on either is fine. Overlapping is impossible to avoid between sites and is not a reason for "forbidding" questions. Are they good for us? Then you can ask.


Expanding on Alenanno's answer, I would say that the following rough criteria should apply:

  • On Linguistics: questions dealing with the philosophical foundations for the study of languages. The highest voted one on the tag is a good example.
  • On Philosophy: questions dealing with the nature of language itself, or with how other philosophers tackled such problems. Again, the highest voted question serves as a reference.

But, of course, the division is sometimes blurry, so use this as a guideline.

  • Not only are the types of questions different, but the methodology and references used to answer the questions is also different! – LaurenG Feb 16 '13 at 22:48
  • For those who have trouble telling the difference, here are some Guidelines by Jim McCawley. – jlawler Feb 22 '13 at 18:14

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