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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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Important Notice: Linguistics SE needs new leadership

Linguistics Stack Exchange is a small site, but plays host to a strong community of experts. That's why it’s strange that I can't find anyone to step up as a new pro-tem moderator. Two and a half ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Linguistics Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, ...
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Introducing the Stack Exchange Research Support and Fellowship Program

The mission of Stack Exchange is to make the internet a better place to get expert answers to your questions. The Stack Exchange Fellowship Program aims to support students conducting research in ...
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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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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Announcing a "Graduation" election for 2021

Summary: Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on August 23, as your “graduation” election as a result of having lost your beta label a while back. The timeline: On August ...
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Challenge Weeks Discussion - [#3] Methodology

(!) NOTE: Information may vary until the start of the Challenge. So keep checking! The Challenge Weeks are currently on hold. :) Premise: This Meta question will be the one we will use for this ...
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Please don't remove questions from the reopen queue when there is debate about the original close reason

Background: Questions can be closed when 5 members (with enough reputation) think it is off topic or otherwise problematic. Closed questions can be reopened when 5 members (with enough reputation) ...
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Most common close reasons

Not a question, but an FYI for those who are interested in some site stats. Intrigued by user6726's impression that "no syntax trees" was one of the main close reasons on this site, I asked the ...
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Would questions about corpora-generation be welcome here?

This question has been rejected from both Stack Overflow and the new beta site Open Data. It was suggested on the Open Data meta site that it would be more appropriate for Linguistics. I'm not ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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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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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, in ...
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How do you make nice consonant/vowel charts and tables?

Wikipedia has some nice vowel charts, available at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:SVG_vowel_charts. Example (Korean vowels): Example (Australian English diphthongs): Similarly, there ...
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Upcoming journal editions: read 'em and ask on the Stack (and get prizes)

As the new monthly issues of your favorite journals are published, we want to remind you to ask those burning questions that pop into your head as you read through novel approaches, methods and ...
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Stack Exchange Fellowship and Grant Program: Looking for reviewers to assess thesis proposals

Stack Exchange will be introducing a Fellowship Program awarding grants for original and independent research projects. Undergraduate Honors Theses, Independent Study Projects, Masters Theses, and ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Gentle request regarding the question about the intransitive use of "obtain" in academic writing

This question was first closed with only 2 votes. I left a comment under it explaining how it is a linguistic question, and it got reopened. It then got migrated to a different site without discussing ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Would this question about Aramaic be on topic?

Which modern day dialect of Aramaic is the closest one to the dialect that Jesus of Nazareth spoke in Palestine some 2000 years ago? Would this question be on topic on the main site?
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How can we improve the semiotics tag wiki excerpt to clearly include sign language?

Since Oct 11, the excerpt of the semiotics tag reads like: Semiotics is the study of signs and symbols, including both signs using language and non-verbal signs. Non-verbal semiotics is off-topic on ...
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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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Announcing proposed SE site for Southeast Asian languages

In the past there have been a few proposals for some of the languages of Southeast Asia on Stack Exchanges "Area 51", but none have made it to the beta stage. I'm not sure if any have made it to the ...
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Should the tags *word-classes* and *parts-of-speech* be synonyms?

I don't know of any definition where they are not synonyms and many relevant questions use both.
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List of most useful NLP resources and tools

The following is an intentional and invited duplicate of a posting on English.Meta. Alenanno nicely asked that I please post it here, too, so here ya go. Three things that probably need fixing: ...
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Are questions about translational tools on-topic?

Since translation studies is a part of linguistics, and I guess questions about linguistic tools are on-topic here, I guess questions about translational tools are on-topic as well?
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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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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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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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Nomination for reopening: another etymology question which had a part about current meaning (which I dropped)

When I mentioned it as an inconsistency here, I was almost expecting it would result it this question being closed. However, I now edited it to drop the concern about current meaning (except as an end ...
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Why is TeX based mathematical notation not available on SE Linguistics?

While answering a question on computational complexity of parsing, I attempted to give a mathematical formula with TeX, but it did not work. The same formula did work on other SE sites such as ...
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Asking question linked to paper/thesis

I was wondering whether it is allowed to ask a question concerning linguistics asking for feedback on linguistics.stackexchange but also requesting input on an external survey. This survey would be ...
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How is Linguistics SE doing on returning participation?

It seems like there is a lot of focus in the meta about recruiting new people, but it doesn't seem like there is a whole lot of returning participation. Many of the questions and answers are either ...
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#5 Linguistics Meeting

Following the Meta discussion Let's create a regular chat event!, let's post the necessary information for the next Linguistics Meeting. Keep checking this post for updates! Want to read ...
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What does the single word on-topic item mean?

The on-topic page has a list of topics which are acceptable. One is "a single word in relation to multiple languages or a single word/single language". What does this mean? Can the page be clarified? ...
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When should a question be protected?

It is of course the role of moderator to maintain some order on the site. Nevertheless, it is useful to all to understand what order means, and what it is for. Understanding to some extent the ...
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Since when, and why, are all Question titles in the mobile view overview ORANGE?

Did I do something wrong, does it mean anything or is this corporate design gone terribly wrong? And most importantly, how can I turn it off, please?
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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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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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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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Why were my questions on the subjunctive, and that on the gerund, closed?

https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/12287/5306 and https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/12279/5306 were closed because it is claimed: Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-...
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Books for starting with theory of languages

I have computer science background and I am looking for some NLP algorithms for stemming, POS tagging etc. The language under consideration is "agglutinative and inflectional". Since from CS ...
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Is this question opinion based?

I'd prefer to get a... well, opinion, before I post this question on the main site. It is: To what extent are the development of language and evolution by natural selection analogous? Or, what ...
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Editing the aspectual coercion question

Is there any language that doesn't express Tense but allows “aspectual coercion”? This question is quite unclear. I asked the OP if this is what they meant but they never replied. Do you think it is ...
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Is anyone reviewing close votes?

Is anyone reviewing close votes? I hardly ever see other people in the list of recent reviewers. Or does the queue not show questions to everyone with the ability (i.e., does it assign a question to ...
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Proposed FAQ: Should we set some tags as obligatory?

After the creation of this scheme, I've been thinking, wouldn't it be better if the Macro-categories (Theoretical, Applied, Descriptive) from Linguistics were obligatory tags? For example, if ...
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What are all of these questions about Sign Languages?

As you can see 11 questions were bumped to the front page about Sign Languages. I changed the tags from signed-languages to sign-languages since this is the most common and used way to refer to ...
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Help us call for proposals for the SE Fellowship on your blog, site or listserv

The SE Research Support and Fellowship Program launched recently with our very own experienced and highly respected users reviewing fellowship applications. To make the program a success, we need ...