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Etymology (?) of the "shush" gesture

I'm curious about the origin of and explanation for the place-index-finger-to-closed-lips gesture. All I've found so far is this unattributed assertion that it dates at least to the era of Classical ...

etymology  
asked by Paul Tanenbaum 6 votes

In what circumstances is d devoiced in English?

I have noticed that speakers of languages which have /d/ and (unaspirated) /t/ as distinct consonants are sometimes unsure whether my natural pronunciation of the English name "Dan" starts with a /d/ ...

english phonetics voicing  
asked by JD2000 5 votes
answered by user6726 4 votes

What is the origin of the "redundant" pronouns in the Venetian language?

From the examples taken from Wikipedia: • Venetian: (Ti) te jèra onto or even Ti te jèri/xeri onto (lit. "(You) you were dirty"). • Venetian: El can el jèra onto (lit. "The dog he was dirty"). It ...

grammar romance-languages pronoun  
asked by ᚹᛟᛞᚨᚾᚨᛉ 3 votes

Learning linguistics from scratch

I am a student of mathematics and physics but have been inspired to learn more about linguistics after having learned a new language this year. I found the subject deeply fascinating. As of now I am a ...

historical-linguistics morphology  
asked by lambdaepsilon 2 votes
answered by user6726 5 votes

Final intonation of a question in a pitch-accent language

How do pitch-accent languages deal with potential confusion between the pitch to distinguish two words, and the pitch to make a question? For example, if you got word 'Ab' and word 'aB', how could ...

phonology  
asked by Quora Feans 1 vote
answered by user6726 2 votes

Where can I find the letters of documented writing systems, as text, online?

I was looking for the letters of the Safaitic writing system of Ancient North Arabian (ANA) as text, online. Safaitic is a well documented and researched writing system that was a prominent (if not ...

comparative-linguistics arabic writing-systems unicode text-classification  
asked by JohnDoea 1 vote
answered by Uri Granta 6 votes

Completely schematic construction?

I'm trying to understand what is a completely schematic construction in cognitive grammar. I found an example: VP --> V NP So, is that a construction that can be easily described by a general rule ...

terminology dependency-grammar cognitive-linguistics  
asked by lmc 1 vote

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Paradigmatic vs syntagmatic relationship

I was exploring some various aspects of corpus linguistics and studying different approaches to corpus research on the internet when I came across these phinomena of paradigmatic and syntagmatic ...

grammar  
asked by AbdurRehman 2 votes

Do unschooled people use cases correctly, e.g. in Germany and in Russia?

I wonder if the case system is devised/imposed by literates and not really natural: it is said that the vulgar Latin that most people really used didn't have e.g. the cases (or all of them) of the ...

language-change sociolinguistics cases german russian  
asked by newinterested 54 votes
answered by Koldito 58 votes

What is the difference between "anaphora" and "deixis"?

I've been trying to understand an answer from another SE site (Japanese Language & Usage) where the answer involves the differences between anaphora and deixis. Here is the link. What would be ...

syntax terminology  
asked by Ci3 13 votes
answered by Aspinea 9 votes

Why are affix hopping and head movement considered as distinct operations?

Affix hopping is a morphological operation by which an unattached affix in the T position is lowered onto a verb. This attachment is done by the "Phonetic Form component" (the posited component in the ...

syntax  
asked by Otavio Macedo 11 votes
answered by Aaron 10 votes

How did שְׁלֹמֹה (shlomo) become Solomon?

According to Wiktionary, שלמה (pronounced /ʃloˈmo/ in Modern Hebrew) is the Hebrew version of Solomon. The pronunciation seems to follow reasonably well from the spelling, and as far as I can tell, it ...

pronunciation hebrew  
asked by mic 18 votes
answered by fdb 4 votes

Common problems in second language pronunciation

Transfer of some phonetic/phonological features from the first language to a second language is common in second language acquisition. For example, aspiration is not phonemic in English. Voiceless ...

phonology phonetics second-lang-acquisition  
asked by robert 10 votes

What is the difference between syllable-timing and stress-timing?

From what I've heard, syllable-timed languages have syllables of equal length throughout each breath-group (i.e. bit of spoken discourse said in one breath), and stress-timed languages have ...

phonology linguistic-typology stress syllable-timing rhythm  
asked by James Grossmann 6 votes
answered by kaleissin 5 votes

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What are the unique features of the Australian Aboriginal Languages compared to other world languages

Not looking phonologically but grammatically, what are the languages which would be a good reference point for starting studies in Australian Aboriginal languages? Western Desert Language? Others? Are ...

grammar linguistic-typology australian-languages  
asked by Lance Pollard 1 vote
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