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Tags “dependency grammar” and “dependency”

I noticed some activity in adding dependency to some questions that are already tagged with dependency-grammar. At the time of this writing, there are 6 questions in dependency and 49 in dependency-...
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Updating FAQ for conlang questions

The community discussed Should we include Conlangs in our scope? a few years ago. It was decided then that conlang questions will remain on-topic at Linguistics SE. However, Constructed Languages SE ...
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Why is there an existing downvoted bountied question with an accepted downvoted answer?

It is very weird to see a question which obviously doesn't belong here is still existing. Furthermore has a bounty on it (I know it's user's discretion) and has an answer by someone. Now even though ...
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Classifying theories of syntax

To build on my other question (still closed despite the complete revision): do you think it would be helpful to have a wiki page outlining the existing theories of syntax and the relations between ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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Does the no-tree rule improperly conflate two valid reasons to close?

One of the main reasons for question-closure (someone else can figure out the stats) is "questions about drawing trees". Two rationales have been given for this rule: (1) we don't do people's homework ...
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Would Noam Chomsky get any answers in this forum?

Do you think Noam Chomsky would get any answers in this forum, or would his questions be closed by moderators as off-topic, because they have more to do with math and computer science than with ...
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Why is this question getting so many down votes?

Could Gothic ahs (ear of grain) and Turkish ak (white) be cogante? , by user Nurlan, is receaving many downvotes, however, for me, it is but a simple question of someone with a doubt. Of course, once ...
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Can we stop closing questions by people that don't know the subject?

Can formal semantics of linguistics be defined to eliminate semantic paradox? There was only one person that responded that knew the first thing about formal-semantics. It really seems to me that ...
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How to deal with assumptions taken from Wikipedia?

A frequent sentence I've been encountering on Linguistics Stack Exchange for some time now is "According to Wikipedia X is true" or "Wikipedia defines Y as Z". The question often involves asking why ...
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Is “one or more” numerical problem that exists at least in two languages really “language-specific”?

I have posted the following question here; it took me a lot of time to isolate the problem, to format the question, to edit it and to discuss with commenters about it. I tried to understand why it was ...
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Possible Troll?

The user "Bill" here just posted a (closable as off-topic) question identical to a (closed as off-topic) question posted in ELU by the user "Nelson".
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Why wasn't “Can anyone recommend a good, free, and online Greek-to-English dictionary?” migrated to Latin.SE?

Why hasn't Can anyone recommend a good, free, and online Greek-to-English dictionary? been migrated to Latin or Language Learning SE? Have these Greek-specific questions all been migrated? Undeniably ...
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Please support the Area 51 Proposal for Greek!

Click here to support the 4th try! For the record, here's the 1st attempt by someone else and my 2nd, 3rd attempt by me.
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Serial downvotes on my questions: Reply

I have a question about my Linguistics Stack Exchange post: Is Sanscrit a realy mother language? Would "jk - Reinstate Monica" like to tell us how he almost daily downvoted old posts of this user ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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May I ask question about identifying of foreigner's name?

I heard some person's name, who's is foreigner for me and did quiet sure that I heard it right because couldn't find it on the Internet. So I would like to ask what name there are similar to what I ...
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Winterbash 2019

You may have noticed that another winter bash is going on: a snowflake icon in the top bar, maybe some hats coming around, see people wearing hats on their avatars. In the previous years I have taken ...
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Banning the Nazi ugly word “Indo-Germanic”

The word "Indo-European" was coined by Young in the early 19th century. Some Germans like Bopp just translated it as "indo-europäisch", as most people do around the world. Unfortunately, to the dismay ...
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Where can I ask for a translation?

I tried to find what I was looking for elsewhere. That led me to this site. I saw a question similar to my own in the history section. I asked there. I got chewed out for it. I searched for someplace ...
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What should be done about “language-specific grammar and usage”?

In my experience, "language-specific grammar and usage" seems to be the most popular close-vote reason on this site. And it certainly makes sense—we get a fair number of people asking about the usage ...
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Closure: How did the cross-linguistic univerbation 'nothing/not/none/no + less' semantically shift to signify 'despite'?

Why was How did the cross-linguistic univerbation 'nothing/not/none/no + less' semantically shift to signify 'despite'? closed? The users who voted to close gave this specific ...
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Is a question about finding sources on historical dialects on topic?

I am writing a historical novel with characters with complex ethnic backgrounds and personal histories. To get my characters' voices right I want to have a sense of what each might realistically have ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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Etymology: Quechuan (home for homeless languages?)

I have a question relating to the etymology of a word in Quechuan ("guano"). I know nothing of Quechuan: the other three words I'm interested in are PIE (which I can navigate around)(*). I would like ...
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Machine Gun Etymology Man may have changed tack

Recently we've had respite from the Relentless Old Slavonic Etymology Bot, but I think it has been replaced with a few similar looking questions that have recently been posted under a few different ...
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Good examples of etymology questions

I've said before that etymology has a tricky relationship with linguistics: Linguistics is the study of language systems. Etymology questions belong here when they're asking about systematic issues....
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The need for changing our guidelines for etymology questions

This question is prompted by What's going on with the Russian etymology questions? In this particular case, most of his questions are quite universally negatively voted. Though this is the first ...
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What's going on with the Russian etymology questions?

Recently there's been a spate of questions asking about Russian etymologies. Each question seems to come from a new user who never posts again, but all the questions are basically in the same format. ...
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Serial downvotes

I have develop the habit of not taking the downvote too personal, but perhaps all of my recent questions has an automatic downvote. I don't try to attack anyone or defend anything, but simply wonder ...
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Help about syntax-tree questions needs to be improved

I think the on topic questions help page needs to make it clear that not all questions about syntax trees are off-topic. This rule: "Please make me a syntax tree" needs to say something more like: ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Tags speech and spoken-language

The two tags speech and spoken-language are currently without a tag wiki. However, they are are very overlapping and I cannot find a good delineation between the two. Some posts in speech (and in ...
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How to get obscure unicode scripts to display

Not sure if this is the best place to post, but I thought I'd try since it relates to linguistics corpora and being able to read texts. I can see some unicode characters such a Chinese characters (讀 ...
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Not a duplicate? What does it mean for 'sense' to be 'an intrinsic property of the word', and to give the word 'its power of referring to something'?

Can What does it mean for 'sense' to be 'an intrinsic property of the word', and to give the word 'its power of referring to something'? please be reopened? I improved the ...
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Is Linguistics going to pick up the weight of Indian Languages?

The Indian Language Stack Exchange has been deleted from Area 51 proposals. This is immensely unpredicted considering this was a much requested and heavily required question answer forum. Linguistics ...
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Reopen question on Devil negation

Syntax of 'f*** off has he', 'b******* do they', and the like was closed with the rationale: "Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-topic unless primarily concerned ...
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Did I ask a question, now deleted, on Loan Translations of 'to wit'?

Loan Translation is defined here. I see no deleted recent questions.
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How can I improve my question on McWhorter's explanation of why some verbs are inherent reflexive?

Can you please recommend how I can clarify How does 'remembering something' vs. 'remembering is something that happens to you' explain Inherent Reflexive Verbs?
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Synonymising tags slavic and slavic-languages

As of today, there are two independent tag slavic and slavic-languages. From their description it is clear that the two should be synonyms; but alas, I have not enough tag score to do it on my own.
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Linguistics Olympiad questions on topic?

This is in reference to a question recently posted by the user Prajneya which involves a Linguistics Olympiad puzzle. Since I have been into the Olympiad for two years now, at least 500-600 distinct ...
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The Constructed Languages site has launched

https://conlang.stackexchange.com/ I propose that any questions from people who are creating constructed languages no longer be on-topic here. Questions about conlangs which have actual speech ...
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Close votes wrong

We've got a question here, which is gathering close-votes. These close votes all state the reason that the question is off-topic. That is incorrect! Okay, the question does not show any prior research ...
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Closing questions as primarily 'concerned with usage rather than linguistics'

Many questions get closed under the rubric "Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-topic unless primarily concerned with linguistics rather than usage." My understanding of this close ...
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What can be done about questions which are related to disputable history?

~My concerns started after looking at this question, here.~ (that was just one example which is now irrelevant) It doesn't make much sense to keep them for open discussions and not arrive at an answer ...
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How should've I written: How does the prefix 'in-' in 'intonation' relate to the difference between 'tone' and 'intonation'?

What exactly should I've written to communicate my question in How does the prefix 'in-' in 'intonation' relate to the difference between 'tone' and 'intonation'?? My ...
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Removing/Defining the language-identification Tag Wiki

Since Language Identification is now officially off-topic here, 6 of the tagged questions are closed and 10 other are blatantly off-topic: a) Should we remove the tag altogether. b) Can someone ...
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Merging resources tags

1) free-online-resources tag (has just one question) can be merged to online-resources. 2) resources tag and resource-request tag be merged or have their tag wiki better defined and differentiated? 3)...
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Should we pin an IPA chart and a link to a multi-script keyboard on the help page?

Since it is the Linguistics SE and for those who don't have access to (IPA Keyboard userscript for you!) or don't know about it, I think it must have a standard IPA chart and a link to a multi-script ...
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Should the tag 'writing' and 'undeciphered-writing' be merged into 'written-language' and 'writing-systems'?

Questions (I think all of them) with the (undefined wiki) tag "writing" can be merged with "written-language" and "writing-systems". Also "undeciphered-writing" has only 5 questions which can be ...

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