In general, I agree with the merge of the tags due to the reason, that most people seem to use both terms as synonyms.
But I was quite surprised of the statistics in the thread opening question: There are ~200 questions with one tag or the other and only 35 of them carry both, those added, that are "explicitly about one, and carry the other tag only."
Personally, I would prefer to set nlp and computational-linguistics as synonyms of each other, in other words, merge the two tags, like how Stackoverflow handles it. Even though there are areas where one tag is more suitable than the other, the overlap between the two is so great that for tagging purposes, I'd rather not make this distinction.
If you ...
• "Numbers" are ideas
• "Numerals" are the written forms of those ideas, and
• "Digits" are the individual characters used to display those written forms.
According to the Math Is Fun page, "Numbers, Numerals, and Digits", the distinctions are as follows:
Number – "a count or measurement, that is really an idea in our minds."
This is my opinion on your proposals.
example Proposed main tag.
example Proposed for deletion.
Note: If none is highlighted, I am not expressing a particular preference towards either.
sociophonetics - Do we need an own tag for this? This field is sufficiently covered by sociolinguistics and phonetics i.m.o.
graphemics and diacritics - ...
"Dependency" does seem to be mostly associated with "dependency grammar", and most of the dependency tagged questions do seem to be about DG, so a tag merge makes sense.
One exception to that generalisation is "dependent-marking languages" (as compared to head-marking languages). That's a typological term that gets used by constituency grammars. But it ...
I agree, speech and spoken-language seem to have a good degree of overlap. One option is to merge the two tags.
I am not too keen creating tag wikis for speech or speech-rate, quite the contrary, I'd prefer these tags deleted. This is my rationale: rather than think of these tags as part of an ontology of sorts, I prefer to think of them in terms of their ...
Since there are not-(yet)-deleted questions, removing a tag may leave these Q's untagged at all.
Also, language-identification can (in theory) be a part of a bigger question, but not a single purpose of the OP.
What about stating this clearly within the Tag Wiki? This may prevent the users from asking potentially bad questions.
If a tag has just one question, and it is very similar to another tag that has many questions, I recommend just deleting the used-once tag. When searching, for example, one can always search for "[online-resources] free" to scratch that itch.
Looking at the questions, I think [resources] and [resource-request] can be merged.
If the concepts behind them are ...
I don't know how it was originally intended and the tag wiki is rather short so I can only tell from usage:
So far, the tag has only been used for languages that are now extinct rather than for languages which developped further into modern variants. The latter are usually taged with historical-linguistics and possibly a speicfic tag like old-english.
So I'd ...
I am fine with the tags mood and modal-verbs and their proposed descriptions. But modality is a heavily overloaded term and not unique enough to act as a tag. From my perspective (which includes curating metadata for digital resources) modality is predominantly dealing with the written/spoken/signed/multimodal contrast. There is currently this question where ...
Thank you for your work in identifying all these potential duplicate tags and problem tags!
On the nlp/computational tags:
I disagree with the current synonym of nlp and computational-linguistics. As I wrote before corpus analysis is computation but not natural language processing (if that has the normal meaning of machine parsing and interpretation). ...
When we have something ambiguous like that, have the tag wiki explain clearly which meaning a tag is supposed to be, and point to the other tag.
In this case, the pitch sense is the most common one in linguistics, and thus should get the tone tag. In the sense of the speaker's attitude in a work of literature, perhaps use literary-tone.
When there are two ...