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Why can linguists decide which use of language is correct and which is not?

Often we are hearing that such-and-such spelling, phraseology, etc is incorrect. Person X made a grammar error, pronunciation error, orthography error, styling error, other sorts of language error. I'...
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Is ending a sentence with a possessive considered informal? [closed]

Does corpora show any genre preferences for ending sentences with a nominal possessive? Does it occur more in spoken and informal written texts than in academic texts? I really appreciate your input.
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Did Trump say “I” or “I'd” “probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un.”? [closed]

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) says Donald Trump stated in an interview: I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un. Trump denies this, claiming that he said: I'd probably ...
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Asking for analysis of sentences [closed]

Could you tell me what the difference nominal WH clause and nominal relative clause is ? For example, nominal WH clause : no one knows what caused the accident. Nominal Relative clause: You call ...
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How come I cannot get my “oral” English to a native speaker level after 25 years of trying?

I was born in Russia and moved to the US at the adolescent and prepubescent age of 12. Before my relocation to the US I had never really been exposed to the English language at large, and after my ...
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What kind of speech synthesis is “HMM synthesis”?

The Wikipedia page on synthetic speech claims: The two primary technologies generating synthetic speech waveforms are concatenative synthesis and formant synthesis. It then goes on to describe ...
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What is considered the smallest possible sample size for word frequency lists used in FL instruction?

I've been engaged in a conversation on another site pertaining to frequency analysis, particularly in relation to the 1966 work Buntús Gaeilge, Colmán Ó Huallacháin; Ireland. Department of ...
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How to appropriately format a research paper in pragmatics for applying to a master's program? [closed]

Dear fellow linguists, I am just an enthusiastic undergraduate student applying for a MA in Applied Linguistic. I have a couple of questions and I need some advice from those of you who are 'in the ...
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Evidence of/against deterioration in language proficiency

The opinion that young people nowadays can't properly write any more seems to have (had) currency across many cultures and times. For example, C. H. Ward, a 1917 Conneticut school teacher, is reported ...
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Book text analysis tools

Is there any open source software to automatically extract information from a book: genre, style, location and time of the story, characters, etc?
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Finding a classroom transcript (for discourse analysis)

I am writing an R package and am in need of a discourse data set (a classroom transcript) that I can publicly include. Quantitative data sets are a dime a dozen but getting a hold of a classroom (...
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Syllable counting acronyms and abbreviations

This question is similar to one I asked earlier about "Numbers as words". Many readability stats call for counting syllables. The direction for abbreviations and acronyms seems to be to formulate ...
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Numbers as words

Many readability statistics ask that numbers in the text be pronounced to determine the number of syllables. What I'm struggling with is if longer numbers are considered one or more than one word. As ...
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Is there an equivalent to the Flesch Kincaid test for measuring quality and understandability of speech?

I want to measure the quality of speech: is it higher level/lower level (vocabulary grammar etc.) and also the understandability of the speech, i.e. is the teacher using language above a student's ...