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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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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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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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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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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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Linguistics Greatest Hits

A new feature has been implemented: The Greatest Hits page. You can view the Linguistics Greatest Hits page here. What is this? It's a page that features "Questions that got a large amount of views ...
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What is the meaning of “Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-topic unless primarily concerned with linguistics rather than usage”

One of the 3 custom reasons for closing a question is the “Language-specific” property, expressed in the check-box item “Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-topic unless primarily ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Use of LaTeX commands

It appears that LaTeX commands cannot be used on SE Linguistics, but they can on other SE sites. Personally, I wanted to use this feature a number of times to insert a formula and here's another ...
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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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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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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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Linguistics Community FAQ

(Under construction!) You may also wish to review the community FAQ for all sites in the StackExchange network. Content About the site Do you hold regular chat events? How can we promote ...
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Sites shutting down, what is our position?

I'd like everyone of you to be aware of the fact that some SE sites are being shut down. What is our position? Today, April 26th 2012 our stats are the following (you can see the stats here): It's ...
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Spring Clean-Up!

I'm retaking this question and slightly change it to address a larger issue. Since we don't want any broken windows on our site, but only nice shiny questions, we are going to do some spring clean up ...
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Would questions about writing systems be off-topic?

Should this site cover only spoken language or also written language, including alphabets and other writing systems? Or should it allow the latter only to a certain degree that overlaps spoken ...
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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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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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Would a question about an uncertain passage in a Greek poem be accepted here?

I once translated (and thus had to reconstruct, in part) the complete poems of Sappho. I am now posting those translations to my blog, along with other translations. As I will have to go over the ...
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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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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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Should the first comment on questions with confusing/unclear terminology really be “I voted to close this question”?

This is a Q&A site for a topic so broad that I doubt anyone is up to date on all of the relevant theories/analyses/terminology, so even for professional linguists (i.e. Professors, basically), I ...
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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 the questions of identifying language be on-topic?

This question has been recently asked. Should questions about identifying languages be on-topic here? Pro's Such Q's are often interesting by themselves; They may highlight some unusual usage of ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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