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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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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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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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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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Does the tag 'dead-languages' also cover historical language variants?

The main site has a tag for dead-languages that has been used for questions about (for example) hieroglyphs, North-Germanic languages (including Old Norse), Classical Latin and grammaticality in dead ...
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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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What is the benefit to Linguistics SE of banning script or language identification questions?

This question here was recently closed: I need help identifying this language The close reason given was: Questions seeking help with translation and localization are off-topic here unless ...
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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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How to draw the line between philology and historical linguistics when it comes to etymology?

When a user comes to Ling.SE with an etymology question about a word or words that can be traced back to a language with a major written tradition like Sanskrit, Greek or Latin (say), it seems that ...
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Should formal language theory questions be allowed?

In general, it seems that formal language theory questions (uncommon as they are on the site) tend not to be closed down, although I have seen users vote to close such questions (unfortunately I do ...
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Are implementation questions about computational linguistics on topic?

I am implementing a machine translation system. Are questions about how they implement something on topic? I was about to ask how phrase-based SMT splits an input up into phrases. Then I figured I'...
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What is the scope of the field of Linguistics?

I'd ideally like to ask this question on the formal Stack, but fear it may deemed too broad. I seem to be having trouble forming meaningful questions for this Stack because my enthusiasm and regard ...
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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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Should we have smaller sized bounties?

Here on Linguistics stackexchange (not meta), we have very few users and even few interested ones, also the votes and replies to good questions are fewer than most of the other communities, also the ...
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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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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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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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Request for migration

The following question seems most appropriate to be directly answered in german.stackexchange.com: In written German, how can I tell whether ⟨s⟩ is pronounced /s/, /ʃ/ or /z/? [on hold] Can it be ...
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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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Question from Language Learning: How can we best complement this site?

I come as an ambassador from the recently beta-launched Language Learning site, where we are still in the early in the trying to nail down some on-topic guidelines. Strictly speaking, our sites' ...
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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 do numbers differ from numerals?

Tags numbers and numerals appear to cover exactly the same ground: names of numbers, which Wikipedia describes in "Numeral (linguistics)". Both are distinct from grammatical-number, which is about ...
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Is it permissible to post an essay with sections given as several answers?

I have posted two essays in the linguistics stackexchange which are in the form of a question followed by a long discussion of the answer given in the form of many answers by me, one answer for each ...
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When are language-specific questions allowed?

This post pertains only to questions that ask only about and engage one language. I already read this and the following reason which has been alleged of many of my own questions: "Language-specific ...
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'Did 'the' in 'the which' mean anything?' : Why closed as 'Language-specific'?

Did 'the' in 'the which' mean anything? references more than 1 language. I am stupefied that the above would be closed as Language-specific, whereas Why does French use “be” as the ...
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Are questions about the historical development of languages on-topic?

I think the title says it all, but let me elaborate. I would like to ask which languages have been known at certain time. Maybe one could elaborate the question by focusing on a special region or ...
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Are introductory questions from laypeople welcomed here?

I sense some hostility towards me per the significant number of downvotes and unsympathetic comments, many without constructive advice (though I thank the few users who have supplied it); are ...
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Community wiki question: Should we avoid them?

As I was observing I didn't see any CW questions in Linguistics. So I was thinking about posting general questions for community wiki. These question are helpful for both new users and advanced users. ...
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Delete tags mwe and mwes?

I came across a question with the tag mwe today, and I deleted that tag because there were no other questions with the same tag and I find it very misleading in the context of stackexchange (Minimal ...
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Why were these 2 questions closed as 'language-specific'?

https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/12181/5306 https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/12440/5306 In both cases, I wish to ask about the word as it existed in Latin, French, and English, and ...
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Why the surfeit of close votes for questions on the Semantics of French Prepositions?

Some of my recent questions (as of 2016/1/23) have generated close votes and downvotes, but I do not see a comment advising or explaining, and would be grate to know, why. While my questions concern ...
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Is asking questions about a particular data set on-topic?

Is asking questions about a particular data set on-topic on this Stack Exchange? E.g.: Title: Fillers in the ICSI Meeting Recorder Dialog Act (MRDA) Corpus Body: In the ICSI Meeting Recorder ...
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Name etymologies

Apologies if I overlooked an earlier discussion of this. There were a couple of posts recently concerned with baby-naming and seeking advice on the etymologies of the OPs' chosen names. While these ...