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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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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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Real linguists, please feel free to boldly improve our tagging

Sometimes us armchair linguists and language enthusiasts don't know the all the right terms or some subtle difference between terms or that two terms are actually synonyms. I've been pretty hazy on ...
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How should we name language family tags

Apparently we have two naming systems Just the adjectives: indo-european, sino-tibetan Adjective + "-languages": romance-languages, semitic-languages Adjective + "-family": germanic-family Obviously ...
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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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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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Map of tags on Linguistics.SE

After seeing this, the good moderator @Alenanno requested me to make a similar map for Linguistics. I present to you: Tag size is proportional to tag popularity, and the size of links between tags ...
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What is the cross-linguistic tag?

I don't quite get the usage of the cross-linguistic. Does it mean that the question concerns more than one language? In that case, aren't questions by default cross-linguistic? Is it something like "...
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Tag for language spoken in former Yugoslavia

I've just asked a question about regarding the language variety spoken in Serbia, Croatia, and other areas of former Yugoslavia. I understand the naming of the language is a contentious political ...
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Is the [homonymy] tag supposed to be for same pronunciation and spelling, or just either?

Is homonymy supposed to be for same pronunciation and spelling, or just either? The tag guidance says: a relation between a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but ...
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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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Tags "syntax" and "word-order"

It was argued on a question once that syntax and word-order are not the same thing, yet I see these tags used both in the same questions. What do the community think about this? If they are the ...
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Tag for indigenous American languages?

I'd like to create a tag for the indigenous pre-Columbian languages of the Americas and their descendants. I don't quite know what to call it: american-languages native-american-languages indigenous-...
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2 questions about tags

Question #1: There is a corpus tag and a corpora tag... Shouldn't we merge them? They are basically the same thing. I suggest merging them and keeping just one. Question #2: I was trying to write the ...
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Tags "dependency grammar" and "dependency"

I noticed some activity in adding dependency to some questions that are already tagged with dependency-grammar. At the time of this writing, there are 6 questions in dependency and 49 in dependency-...
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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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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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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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Volunteers to write some tricky overlapping tag wikis

Some of you may have noticed I've tried to write the tag wiki excerpts for some tags and I've noticed some other people have contributed some too. But there's some I find difficult because they ...
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How can we improve the semiotics tag wiki excerpt to clearly include sign language?

Since Oct 11, the excerpt of the semiotics tag reads like: Semiotics is the study of signs and symbols, including both signs using language and non-verbal signs. Non-verbal semiotics is off-topic on ...
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Should the tags *dialects* and *dialectology* be synonyms or merged?

It seems to me that the tags dialects and dialectology are used as synonyms. There are three questions tagged as belonging to dialectology and they are also tagged as belonging to dialects. Should the ...
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Tag irregulariy: pronoun instead of pronouns

Writing a tag wiki for person I noticed an irregularity in the tags used for parts of speech: They are all pluralised (e.g., verbs, nouns) except for pronoun. Can this irregularity be removed by ...
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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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Should we include "Montenegrin" in the "bosnian-serbian-croatian" tag?

We have a tag for "bosnian-serbian-croatian' (bsc) for the language that we might have once called Serbo-Croatian, Croato-Serbia, srpohrvatski etc. We use this bsc term now when we discuss those ...
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How do we create tags for words with multiple connotations?

Today, I did a search on the tag tone because I wanted to see if anyone had asked questions regarding the tone of a written passage. Instead, and rightly so, I saw some questions dealing with vocal ...
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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 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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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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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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Proposed FAQ: Should we set some tags as obligatory?

After the creation of this scheme, I've been thinking, wouldn't it be better if the Macro-categories (Theoretical, Applied, Descriptive) from Linguistics were obligatory tags? For example, if ...
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What are all of these questions about Sign Languages?

As you can see 11 questions were bumped to the front page about Sign Languages. I changed the tags from signed-languages to sign-languages since this is the most common and used way to refer to ...
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