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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Let's get critical: Mar 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Linguistics Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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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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Would this be the place to ask about (speculative) onomastics?

I've got a question about Old Norse onomastics, specifically how I could make a name that's typically masculine into a feminine one (and potentially vice-versa). Would linguistics.SE be the place to ...
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How would this questioner successfully ask about Google as a research tool?

https://superuser.com/questions/875548/ Very often when this is asked, it's actually a linguistics question. It may be in disguise, to a greater or lesser extent, but it's usually a variant of I'm ...
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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 handle bullying?

I've just encountered the following. A user of linguistic SE, considering himself highly competent while in fact completely misunderstanding the topic, found his pride in bullying my question and ...
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is a question about a specif form of a Korean word on topic?

Let's say I want to ask a question about a specif Korean word used in a specific sentence, for example, 다음 대화를 잘 듣고 여자가 이어서 할 행동으로 알맞은 것은 고르십시오 Here the word 이어서 is formed from the root 잇다 and ...
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Why was this migrated?

I disagree with the migration of my question: https://german.stackexchange.com/questions/18895/learning-german-and-yiddish-at-the-same-time In asking the question, I was hoping that readers ...
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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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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 orthographies are acceptable in questions?

Following on from my comment in this question, I think it would be good to develop some guidelines around what orthographies to use in asking questions. I propose that we should allow linguistic ...
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Should Linguistics participate in Winter Bash 2014?

Winter Bash is an annual event that can run on any Stack Exchange site that chooses to participate. Users earn “hats” for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges). Certain ...
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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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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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A Q/A website for NLP

I am new in this community, in fact I was looking for a Question and Answering website for Natural Language Processing. I have a master degree in artificial intelligence and am familiar with NLP but ...
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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 ...