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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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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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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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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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Should we include Esperanto in our scope?

Before now, we have excluded conlangs from our scope, but Esperanto is on a whole different level. For example, it has native speakers. If Esperanto will be considered on topic, questions about it ...
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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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Are methodological questions on topic?

Are methodological questions like this one on topic for the site? Edit: Pro: These are issues linguists deal with all the time, and we may have some special use cases. Con: These aren't linguistics ...
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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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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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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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Psycholinguistics or psychology of language? On or off topic?

Wikipedia isnt really a help where psycholingustics belongs to, psychology or linguistics. Its a too interdisciplinary field, but to me fundamental to understand origin of languages and thats of ...
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Would questions about corpora-generation be welcome here?

This question has been rejected from both Stack Overflow and the new beta site Open Data. It was suggested on the Open Data meta site that it would be more appropriate for Linguistics. I'm not ...
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Should we include Conlangs in our scope?

The Conlang SE has been closed deleted and I can't find a new one, so they're probably not restarting it for now. We get questions now and then and I don't really like closing them, but our FAQ is ...
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What top voted questions questions from the proposal are you eager to close?

This is my pet peeve with stack exchange betas. The proposal questions are vote up, dozens of times, then when they are asked in the first few days of beta, they get closed as being off topic. I ...
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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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What's the reasoning behind our policy against questions on a single language, and is it good?

As we all know we have a policy that we discourage questions that are on a single language. I understand that this would filter out things like English usage questions that laypeople thing often ...
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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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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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Are primitive questions suitable for the site?

I am currently learning Modern Hebrew but I am still a complete novice. Since I am learning on my own, I have to answer the questions I have asked myself. Yet, I do not always have an answer and need ...
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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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Is (research on) taxonomies/folksonomies/hierarchies of meaning on-topic here?

Taxonomies/folksonomies/hierarchies of meaning/semantic hierarchies is part of library science and computational linguistics (machine translation, nlp) among no doubt many others. An important ...
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Why are questions about CFGs and related stuff so unwelcomed by the StackExchange Linguistics users?

I've found myself engrossed in studying the formal language/grammar theory lately. Yet, I can't solve every problem I stumble upon along the way. From my experience, StackExchange Linguistics users ...
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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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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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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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Questions vs. discussion openers

If I correctly understand the pretty graph in the about section, this site is also supposed to serve as a forum, yet I am getting the impression that discussions are discouraged and the simple ...