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How can I enter angle brackets on this site?

Angle brackets are used in linguistics to denote orthographical writing in a context where the distinction matters like "$\langle$wh$\rangle$ is pronounced /w/ or /ʍ/ but not /hw/ in English&...
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What steps can I take to improve my question?

I asked the question Historical origin of the letters. The edit history is at https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/posts/37254/revisions. I originally asked "How did the letter symbols develop ...
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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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Why does Spanish have different names for the letters of the alphabet from English?

I asked the question Why does Spanish have different names for the letters of the alphabet from English? on May 13 and I have received a number of comments as well as some answers. However, my ...
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Why is there no International Phonetic Alphabet input method on this site?

To be accepted as a serious international linguistics site; it is my opinion that we should implement an input method for the International Phonetic Alphabet, for example the Type It IPA Keyboard
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How to get obscure unicode scripts to display

Not sure if this is the best place to post, but I thought I'd try since it relates to linguistics corpora and being able to read texts. I can see some unicode characters such a Chinese characters (讀 ...
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Please support the Area 51 Proposal for Greek!

Click here to support the 4th try! For the record, here's the 1st attempt by someone else and my 2nd, 3rd attempt by me.
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What is the etiquette of drawing up a question which explores some very vast principles on a concrete example on Linguistics.SE?

I asked this question on Linguistics.SE some time ago, which was closed as off-topic. Even though I believe some users found the question interesting as well (a discussion took place in the comments), ...
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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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How come I've been ripped of 15 points?

What happened to "accented velars" in Anatolian? What's going on here?? How come I'm down 15 points?? I'd like some explanation.
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Can we no longer vote to migrate to meta?

I wanted to vote to migrate this question to Meta, since it's asking about reputation. But that close reason seems to have disappeared. When (and why) did this change happen? "Migrate to Meta" isn't ...
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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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Updating FAQ for conlang questions

The community discussed Should we include Conlangs in our scope? a few years ago. It was decided then that conlang questions will remain on-topic at Linguistics SE. However, Constructed Languages SE ...
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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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Most common close reasons

Not a question, but an FYI for those who are interested in some site stats. Intrigued by user6726's impression that "no syntax trees" was one of the main close reasons on this site, I asked the ...
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Does the no-tree rule improperly conflate two valid reasons to close?

One of the main reasons for question-closure (someone else can figure out the stats) is "questions about drawing trees". Two rationales have been given for this rule: (1) we don't do people's homework ...
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Why is there an existing downvoted bountied question with an accepted downvoted answer?

It is very weird to see a question which obviously doesn't belong here is still existing. Furthermore has a bounty on it (I know it's user's discretion) and has an answer by someone. Now even though ...
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Classifying theories of syntax

To build on my other question (still closed despite the complete revision): do you think it would be helpful to have a wiki page outlining the existing theories of syntax and the relations between ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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Would Noam Chomsky get any answers in this forum?

Do you think Noam Chomsky would get any answers in this forum, or would his questions be closed by moderators as off-topic, because they have more to do with math and computer science than with ...
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Can we stop closing questions by people that don't know the subject?

Can formal semantics of linguistics be defined to eliminate semantic paradox? There was only one person that responded that knew the first thing about formal-semantics. It really seems to me that ...
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Why is this question getting so many down votes?

Could Gothic ahs (ear of grain) and Turkish ak (white) be cogante? , by user Nurlan, is receaving many downvotes, however, for me, it is but a simple question of someone with a doubt. Of course, once ...
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What is a good example of self-answer to your own question?

There's an option when asking a question were you can answer your own question, as you might know. Is there a good example in this site of such a question/answer? How exactly should it be used?
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How to deal with assumptions taken from Wikipedia?

A frequent sentence I've been encountering on Linguistics Stack Exchange for some time now is "According to Wikipedia X is true" or "Wikipedia defines Y as Z". The question often involves asking why ...
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Is “one or more” numerical problem that exists at least in two languages really “language-specific”?

I have posted the following question here; it took me a lot of time to isolate the problem, to format the question, to edit it and to discuss with commenters about it. I tried to understand why it was ...
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Possible Troll?

The user "Bill" here just posted a (closable as off-topic) question identical to a (closed as off-topic) question posted in ELU by the user "Nelson".
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Why doesn't the Linguistics Stack Exchange have a different icon?

The Phisics, Music, Science Fiction etc sites have different icons. Why doesn't this one have one too? And is there any prerequisite to a site that may prevent this one to have an icon?
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Serial downvotes on my questions: Reply

I have a question about my Linguistics Stack Exchange post: Is Sanscrit a realy mother language? Would "jk - Reinstate Monica" like to tell us how he almost daily downvoted old posts of this user ...
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Why wasn't “Can anyone recommend a good, free, and online Greek-to-English dictionary?” migrated to Latin.SE?

Why hasn't Can anyone recommend a good, free, and online Greek-to-English dictionary? been migrated to Latin or Language Learning SE? Have these Greek-specific questions all been migrated? Undeniably ...
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Serial downvotes on my questions

I notice that I get downvotes on my questions following some pattern: The downvotes are on questions only, so they don't leave a -1 in the SDV's (serial downvoter's) reputation The downvotes are ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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May I ask question about identifying of foreigner's name?

I heard some person's name, who's is foreigner for me and did quiet sure that I heard it right because couldn't find it on the Internet. So I would like to ask what name there are similar to what I ...
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Winterbash 2019

You may have noticed that another winter bash is going on: a snowflake icon in the top bar, maybe some hats coming around, see people wearing hats on their avatars. In the previous years I have taken ...
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Banning the Nazi ugly word “Indo-Germanic”

The word "Indo-European" was coined by Young in the early 19th century. Some Germans like Bopp just translated it as "indo-europäisch", as most people do around the world. Unfortunately, to the dismay ...
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Linguistics Greatest Hits

A new feature has been implemented: The Greatest Hits page. You can view the Linguistics Greatest Hits page here. What is this? It's a page that features "Questions that got a large amount of views ...
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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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Where can I ask for a translation?

I tried to find what I was looking for elsewhere. That led me to this site. I saw a question similar to my own in the history section. I asked there. I got chewed out for it. I searched for someplace ...
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Is a question about finding sources on historical dialects on topic?

I am writing a historical novel with characters with complex ethnic backgrounds and personal histories. To get my characters' voices right I want to have a sense of what each might realistically have ...
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What should be done about “language-specific grammar and usage”?

In my experience, "language-specific grammar and usage" seems to be the most popular close-vote reason on this site. And it certainly makes sense—we get a fair number of people asking about the usage ...
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Closure: How did the cross-linguistic univerbation 'nothing/not/none/no + less' semantically shift to signify 'despite'?

Why was How did the cross-linguistic univerbation 'nothing/not/none/no + less' semantically shift to signify 'despite'? closed? The users who voted to close gave this specific ...
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Can we have more possible migration targets?

Linguistics.SE tends to attract various language-specific grammar and usage questions, which are off-topic here—we even have a special close reason specifically for that case. But many of these would ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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Since SE’s decision to put a halt on non-English language based SEs, is linguistics the correct place to put them?

For example, I have seen some questions related to non-English grammar on here come up from time to time. Persian. Turkish etc. I am learning Turkish and I was wondering if it would be correct to ...
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Machine Gun Etymology Man may have changed tack

Recently we've had respite from the Relentless Old Slavonic Etymology Bot, but I think it has been replaced with a few similar looking questions that have recently been posted under a few different ...
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Etymology: Quechuan (home for homeless languages?)

I have a question relating to the etymology of a word in Quechuan ("guano"). I know nothing of Quechuan: the other three words I'm interested in are PIE (which I can navigate around)(*). I would like ...
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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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Use of LaTeX commands

It appears that LaTeX commands cannot be used on SE Linguistics, but they can on other SE sites. Personally, I wanted to use this feature a number of times to insert a formula and here's another ...
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Can we enable TeX formatting? [duplicate]

This question and its first answer both seem on-topic for this community, since they're about corpus linguistics (which is definitely linguistics). However, they're significantly harder to read ...
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What's going on with the Russian etymology questions?

Recently there's been a spate of questions asking about Russian etymologies. Each question seems to come from a new user who never posts again, but all the questions are basically in the same format. ...
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The need for changing our guidelines for etymology questions

This question is prompted by What's going on with the Russian etymology questions? In this particular case, most of his questions are quite universally negatively voted. Though this is the first ...

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