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Personally, I think the problem with the Russian questions isn't their focus but their lack of effort. I've answered several of them with a quick glance at Wiktionary or Vasmer's etymological dictionary, which the asker could just as easily check for himself. However, I feel that etymology and derivation questions can absolutely be on-topic here. Something ...


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I concur with @Draconis' answer, but I wanted to address the problem from an amateur perspective. Being an amateur myself, I started my interest for Linguistics.SE with etymology questions back in 2012. Coincidentally, one of them was about a Slavonic word that also exists in Russian. It has been warmly appreciated (1,600 views, 16 votes), and this was ...


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Absolutely subscribing here! I am surprised that this is not a feature already, I am really missing TeX support - for a wide range of uses that I consider essential in the field of linguistics: Mathematical formulas. As someone who frequently answers questions on formal semantics, like here, here and here, I feel that answering (and asking) these ...


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Questions like "Make me a syntax tree" are from now on Off Topic. If you think a particular case can be made On Topic by adding some requirements to the question, feel free to comment under this answer. Note: This only refers to questions asking the community to "do the homework for me". If you provide the tree yourself and ask questions ...


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This must be a single person who asks low-quality questions which get downvoted, and this triggers an automatic question ban. Numerous fake accounts are needed to evade that ban. The Mods should check the cross-IP activity and, if it confirms that these accounts are sockpuppet accounts, burn them with fire.


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It won't be a problem, but we need to show that the site actually needs it. On Physics SE, the same question has been asked and you can see it got at least 32 votes. If there is not enough support from the community, which means enough people that want it, then it's probably not gonna happen. It's the same as for Migration paths in other sites, you need to ...


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Well, I think the biggest reason is that this question and its answers wouldn't help any further visitors. The bottom line is that SE is designed as a storage for quality questions and answers. Quality, obviously, means usefulness (quantified by persons). Being answered, it is definitely useful for the asker, but nobody else would learn from this. Compare, ...


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Most language-learning related questions fall into your second category, questions which might make more sense on Language Learning. The list is huge, so I'll give you just a handful of examples. Where to learn Athabascan grammar? Is there a way to learn Icelandic phonetics online? Can I learn a new language just by listening or watching videos? What are ...


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They are creating multiple accounts to get around the automatic question bans. These accounts are all from the past three days! https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/users/24711/stanislavkoshckin https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/users/24712/anthonsadalsky https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/users/24714/kostya-dobrov-90 https://linguistics....


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The word indo-germanic is not a Nazi term. It was coined by the Danish scholar C. Malte-Brun in its French form indo-germanique in 1800 and it has traditional usage throughout the 19th and early 20th century also in the anglophone literature. Moves to stamp it out from anglophone terminology were undertaken in the 1920ies before the raise of the Nazi ...


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I looked a bit into this: judging from the answers here and what I found online, the term is - yes - obsolete because when it was coined some languages had not been included yet. So from the moment they started being included, the term started becoming less and less applicable, and it was then changed to Indo-european. This is what seems to be the case and ...


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Introductory questions are basically the norm. Questions asking us to psychologize an author's motivation for using a particular word in a publication, on the other hand, are off-topic. It would be perfectly on-topic to ask how C-command is defined in syntax (as it turns out, there was an unfortunate period where the definition would change on a weekly basis,...


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As far as I can tell, he's been working his way through different archaic languages, searching for some divinity in each one. He was doing the same thing on Latin.SE recently, though I think he's been banned now (or at least I can't find any of his questions any more). And now he seems to have spread to ELU. My guess on his motives would be something to do ...


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I am a professional linguist, and unfortunately, I fully agree with the sentiment expressed by the user you have talked to. I have no problem with the questions being mainly asked by non-experts. I am reasonably active on Tex.SX, where I only ask questions, since I am a novice user. In fact, I see few questions there asked by experts. The main problem I ...


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Given that I am studying to be a computational linguist, I'd ideally prefer someone with more apt academic credentials than myself. However, since no one else is stepping up, I volunteer. I already: Spend more than a few hours a week on Linguistics.SE. am fairly knowledgeable of the topic -- some aspects of the topic, at any rate. flag, and vote up, down, ...


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The question does not show any evidence of having attempted to answer the question on your own. Instead, you point to somebody's conjecture about a possible relationship, and throw your hands up as though the entire answer were written in Mycenaean Greek. At the very least, you could extract a little bit of knowledge and make the question more specific, ...


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It's not just you. The main problem IMO is that until this is a full SE site, there is a limited set (3) of specific off-topic reasons allowed, and we're kind of full up. Name questions are usually not translation requests, or advice on learning a foreign language, or tree questions. IMO, the best approach for this class would be to revise the "translation" ...


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First of all, the fact that you call it "essay" already shows why we're not on the same page. SE sites are Q&A sites: you post a question, and then a variable number of users will give you an answer to that question. Both can be long or short but you're not posting an essay, you're posting an answer. There's nothing wrong with an answer being ...


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Linguistics is the study of language systems. Etymology questions belong here when they're asking about systematic issues. This could involve sound system changes. It could be about languages which have borrowed wholesale and systematically from another language. And questions on grammatical morphology are almost always on topic. But non systematic arbitrary ...


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What you could do about it, for starters, is provide an argument that the question is actually on topic, rather than just asserting that the OT claim is wrong and incorrect. That means, you have to grant that there are such things as OT questions, including ones that have to go with language, and that specific one is not such a question. You have ample clear ...


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I agree, but... One problem is that we are maxed out on custom close reasons. We already have a bit of a problem with suboptimal communication of the "language specific" reason, so it would be a good thing to be clear about what's okay and what's not okay. In fact, it would be manifestly unfair to ban questions from people who are creating constructed ...


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I don't know what the scope of that site was supposed to be, but probably a lot of the material there would be off-topic here. For example, "What's the Punjabi word for 'dog'?", is "...." proper Tamil, "what does this inscription say?". We get a lot of questions about etymology, word-formation, phonology and syntax regarding Indian languages and those are on-...


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Yes, probably there is a need for taking some measures. As a moderator of Русский язык, I am quite acquainted with the situation as these questions had at first been presented on our site until I closed them all. It is difficult to understand why the person who is asking them uses different accounts here because on Русский язык he uses a single profile. I ...


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Since the question is not about linguistics, it would be unsuitable for this site. Here are the general guidelines: What topics can I ask about here?, What types of questions should I avoid asking?


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Seriously? Two more new accounts already? https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/users/27639 https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/users/27640 I literally destroyed 14 sockpuppet accounts yesterday. How should sockpuppets be handled on Stack Exchange? explains the StackExchange policy on sockpuppets. These are my recommendations: Stick to one account. I'...


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If you intend to participate here, you also have to understand the nature of social media answer sites. It's extremely democratic, and not like submitting a paper to a peer-reviewed academic journal, like Linguistics and philosophy. There is no qualifications test for asking, answering, up/downvoting questions and answers, commenting, and voting to close. It ...


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Your answer's completely correct, but I found Melchert's description of the developments in Luvian more conclusive—the fact that *k and *ḱ have reliably different reflexes in one Anatolian language seems like good proof that they remained distinct in Proto-Anatolian, even if Kloekhorst says they merged in Hittite. So I moved the accepted checkmark. (I've ...


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explain the intent of the sentence “Language-specific grammar and usage questions are off-topic unless primarily concerned with linguistics rather than usage” Regarding questions of the type "Do I use on or in with verb X?", there are a number of ways such a question might be posed (applied to "stand ___ line", in English). There are ...


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I didn't downvote the question, but I can tell you why I would have, if I had. I have no idea what use that information would be to you, though. The quotes from textbooks simply reflect reification of IPA transcriptional practice. An affricate has a complete closure ("a stop"), and there is a significant release sequence. There are different theories of that ...


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