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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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Meaning / use of “belongs elsewhere” for closing questions

An option given as a reason to close a question is that the question belongs elsewhere. When you select that, you are given only one choice (which you have to select), namely that it belongs on ...
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How about adding NLP in the on-topic list?

I don't see NLP listed on https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic How about adding it?
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Why was this downvoted: 'Does the etymology of 'affricate' consist with its meaning?' ?

I ask the question (entitled above) to ameliorate and refine my learning of linguistics, as a novice. So please advise what I might have misunderstood about etymology. Please correct me if I erred, ...
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Why was this downvoted: 'Why was 'rite' assigned to the PIE root *re(i)-?'?

Please find below the original post. I do not know whether the downvotes were affected by uUser 'bytebuster' 's criticism below, which seems unfair and too negative, because: I replied to his earlier ...
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How can I fit into this community?

I'm a little lost. I participate in a lot of SE networks (mostly just voting, sometimes asking questions). I read the Help Center - On Topic guidelines for questions, and yet my only question in this ...
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Are data set requests on-topic?

Are data set requests on-topic? E.g.: Subject: Speech act prediction data set I am looking for data sets containing dialogues labeled with speech acts. I am open as to the definition of a dialogue, e....
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How to narrow these two questions on resources for French and Spanish's difficulties?

Please advise how https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/13163/5306 and https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/q/13162/5306 can be made less broad, for reopening, please?
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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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Can we change the inadequacy of the off-topic list?

My observation is that we get a number of sub-optimal questions, and I don't think having poor questions at all enhances the value of this site. However, the grounds for closing questions is very ...
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Offtopic questions

Historically, there are several major groups of offtopic questions appear on this site. Out of those, I'm thinking about four groups: Language identification; Translation; Language acquisition; ...
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Is this a good question? - Does this method of preventing a concept forming in my Fantasy Counterpart of French work?

Is this a good question for here? Or should it go on Worldbuilding.SE? Backstory I'm planning on writing a story with a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of France, where spirit summoning is well known, ...
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Please undelete or prevent deletion of questions with helpful, treasured comments

First, I declare my naïveté in linguistics, which (I readily admit) might affect the writing quality of my questions. However, I've been self-learning linguistics; my love of etymology inspirits me to ...
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Please undelete 'Unpaired word in one language but paired in another?' ?

Please advise how to improve my question: https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/11743/unpaired-word-in-one-language-but-paired-in-another. Please beware that I am requesting its undeletion ...
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Why prevent me from answering questions that others have put on hold

This happens to me frequently. It's happened twice today, already. I see an interesting question that I'd like to answer, but I can't, because several other people who didn't understand the question ...
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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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What is our attitude towards “why-” questions?

In comments to this question, there's a kind of discussion regarding how "Why?"-questions should be perceived by the Linguistics community. As far as I understood, those who think that such 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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Are questions about corpora for machine translation training on topic here?

I am interested in machine translations, especially moses machine translation. For this I would need a language model for the target language. To create a language model the software analyses large ...