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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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FAQ: Linguistics disciplines and sub-disciplines

What are the various fields that belong to Linguistics?
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Is this question about etymology and meaning really off-topic?

This question, as I stated in the final section and in the title, is about the etymology and meaning of "atturna" in Sicilian. It mentions a piece of a song because it is the only place where I found ...
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Promoting the site

Edit notification This question has been merged with an old one "Bad Statistics, what can we do?" since they refer to the same topic, although the other one was old. Instead of closing as a ...
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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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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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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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IPA Keyboard userscript for you!

Apparently, you folks could do with an IPA Keyboard1. So, here you go! The most useful feature (IMO) are the keyboard shortcuts, you may want to check out how to use them (details on the page I ...
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Should we welcome via Community Wiki useful questions that don't have concrete or single answers?

The specific question that has been the subject of must discussion that inspires this post is the following one: What are the current fronts of the linguistics wars? Now, this is a question that was ...
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Should we make questions about specific syntax trees off topic?

Am I the only one who sees a problem with "Help me with this syntax tree" questions? I think they don't work at all for the Stack Exchange Q&A format for several reasons: There's no intuitive ...
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FAQ: A guide to moderation: Voting to close a question

What does it mean to close a question? Who can do it? Why should you do it? This is a very nice guide provided by Ninefingers on the Cryptography Meta Site. Following the example from other sites and ...
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Bad statistics, what can we do? [closed]

I just saw the current statistics and to be honest, they are very poor. I noticed there were few questions, and this means few people that keep coming back to the site, and this means few visits from ...
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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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Should we allow highly open-ended questions like “do any languages have feature X”?

Some examples off the top of my head: Are there any languages without fricatives? What language has the most points of stop consonant articulation? Are there any languages without at least a first-...
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The future of Linguistics SE

Recently I've been contacting a user that I thought didn't see that Linguistics entered Beta. To my slight surprise, this person told me that she actually visited Linguistics at first but then lost ...
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Pro-tem moderator nominations [closed]

Well we've been around more than a week and are now open to the public. Stack Exchange likes to appoint pro-tem moderators at about the two week mark so it's high time to nominate some contributors ...
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FAQ: Linguistic Terminology

I have problems understanding some answers/questions because the terminology being used is too technical. Where can I find out what is the meaning of a particular term? Return to FAQ index
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Do we have questions to migrate to Language Learning.SE?

With the new site, Language Learning.SE, I'm asking myself whether we have some questions to migrate to there. Do we have some tags that can be more or less safely declare offtopic, since it is on-...
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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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Which etymology questions should be within or topic scope?

In another meta question I tried to gauge to what extent we should be able to overlap our scope with indivicual language & usage existing sites, proposed site (and as yet not proposed sites). Not ...
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Any objections to my formal addition of language identification to our list of off-topic questions?

The topic of what to do with language identification requests has come up several times already. However, based on how often regulars here have been closing such questions, (A.) I took the liberty of ...
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Let's create a regular chat event!

Now that we have our fantastic Community Bulletin, we can advertise our chat better and work in order to make this site more populated. So I was thinking: why not organize chat events? These ones ...
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Can we give better guidance on questions

TL;PR The help center gives some positive guidance about on-topic matters, and some negative guidance about what not to do. There is a specific point about the "Not 'Please make me a tree'" rule ...
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Migration from English.SE

It has been suggested on the English Meta that questions regarding linguistic topics there should be copied to Linguistics.SE and then closed on EL&U. Now that Linguistics.SE has been launched, ...
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FAQ: Do you hold regular chat events?

Some SE sites hold regular events on different topics, so I was wondering: does Linguistics have chat events? Are they regular? When is the next one? Return to FAQ index
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What to do about the history tag?

Should we have a tag called history? In one of its usages, it is synonymous with historical-linguistics. In the other usage, it is about non-linguistic history – the history of a theory, social ...
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Merge with natural language processing

I have asked on area51 whether Linguistics would include natural language processing, the most voted answer being for a merge of the proposals. Is it taken into account? How would the merge be done? ...
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Typography/style conventions

Derived from french.stackexchange's one. As we have already one question dealing with typography and formatting issues and as there will likely be many of these, I think it would be fitting to set ...
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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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Cleaning up the tags

In the last couple of days I was in a kind of clean-up rage and crawled all the tags on our site, edited a few (going to add some exceprts to the yet description-less tags when I have the time) and ...
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On closing “questions asked in good faith”

In this question's comments, @hippietrail commented ... on the subject of constructiveness, I firmly believe downvoting or closing questions asked in good faith in the earliest days of a new ...
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How should we format glosses on linguistics.SE?

What will be our best choice of formatting for including glosses of foreign language samples in our questions?
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What is the difference between Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing?

On another site, https://cs.stackexchange.com/, I wondered why we had a tag for Computational Linguistics and another for Natural Language Processing? I suggested in meta a merge as I did not seem to ...
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What would be a good tag for questions of the type “Are there languages with XYZ?”

We're getting a pretty solid bunch of tags for linguistics concepts, but most SE sites also have tags for kinds of questions which are useful too, especially when we identify the trends. One trend is ...
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Challenge Weeks Database

This is the Meta question we use to group all the previous Weeks! Each answer is a Challenge Week, where you can see the questions asked for that Challenge, the topic and of course, the winner If ...
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Should we accept only questions on theoretical linguistics topics?

Actually I'm not totally sure what is and isn't theoretical linguistics myself, I assumed it would be stuff like X-bar theory and generative grammar and anything with really difficult to read research ...
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Modality, mood, and modal verbs

As a follow on to these comments, I have gone through a retagged a bunch of questions about modality or mood. I have also suggested these tag wikis: modality: The grammatical category of modality ...
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What would you like to see as our challenge week topics?

It's time to propose the topics for our Challenge Week! Some notes: Propose one topic per answer (make it CW by checking the checkbox under your answer); Write them like ## Topic <br><br&...
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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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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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Are questions about a single language on topic?

It was suggested at this question that a question about a single language is off-topic, being more appropriate for a Stack Exchange site dedicated to that language. What do people think of this idea?
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Is asking for a list of languages possessing a certain feature OK because it's important for typological research?

I believe that questions asking for a list of languages that possess a certain feature have more reason to be allowed at Linguistics.SE than similar questions at other SE sites. Because that's an ...
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Is it people's intention to focus on research-level linguistics?

I was quite excited to see that the linguistics SE had begun public beta. However, I must admit that I'm a bit disappointed by the level of the questions on the front page. I guess I was under the ...
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Linguistics needs some new leadership. Is it you?

For the past several weeks I've been on the lookout for a new pro-tem moderator for Linguistics. Unfortunately, I've had a bit of trouble finding an enthusiastic, dedicated individual to take part in ...
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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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Are auxiliary languages on-topic?

Auxiliary languages are used in many communities but are not anyone's native language, being used in particular contexts or for particular purposes, such as: Liturgical purposes (Church Latin, Ge'ez) ...
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Overlap of Linguistics site vs the Languages site proposal vs individual Language & Usage sites and proposals

Some of us surely know and some others of us probably are not aware but there is a "Languages" proposal for Stack Exchange on Area 51 too. There has been some discussion about our scope, some ...
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What linguistics problems stump our best answerers: A challenge

How do you think our level of question quality is going so far? Wouldn't some exemplary questions be great for our site? We already have some exemplary answers. Now some of you my fellow contributors ...
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Should we edit non-controversial errors in spelling, grammar, and style in the questions/answers of others?

On English.SC, we voted to edit non-controversial errors in the questions and answers of others. The argument went that, since the site was about English, it would be more appropriate there than ...
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About questions salvaging

I'd like to open this question/discussion thread after the recent "discussion" that happened in the comments under the question "Why do you think the Oxford English Dictionary changed their definition ...