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Slip of the tongue

Just now, I had a slip of the tongue which resulted in a silly grammatical error. I said "if I had, I would not commented on it". I added "have" afterwards. My question is "do natives make such ...
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“Who lives there” vs “Who live there?” [closed]

I'm a bit confused as to the proper grammar when posing the following question. "Who lives there?" <- seems to imply just one person "Who live there?" <- seems to imply more than one person ...
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Please explain the following contrast in grammaticality in syntax [closed]

*Mary to be accepted at Boston College would be great. For Mary to be accepted at Boston College would be great
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Can linguistics be proven?

Is there a standard of proof in linguistics like there is in other sciences? How do linguists determine if something is true? I ask because grammarians disagree on a lot of things. It's to the point ...
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Which comes first? Grammar or language?

I always have the impression grammar is just a tool to help studying and learning a language, i.e. it is a scientific tool invented for a language after the language has existed. But to think of it ...
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How can I embed language proficiency assessment within an unrelated experiment design?

I'm in the process of designing a self-paced-reading & a grammaticality-judgment-task experiment, which should be performed by second language learners. It is crucial to the study is how the ...
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Is language scientific? [closed]

Is language itself scientific? Is language, grammar, standardized, and prescriptive, made by scientific methods? Are rules, standards, repetitions and patterns of how we speak and right so well ...
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Two tasks in one experiment design (self-paced-reading & grammaticality judgment)

For experiment design experts, I want to know if it's possible to design an experiment on PsychoPy or Open Sesame in which the subject does a self paced reading (with measuring the reading times for ...
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Is there an accepted objective criterion of “grammaticality”?

I'm not a linguist, but I took "linguistics 101" in college, and remain interested in the subject. One aspect of the linguistics field that has baffled me for years is the fact that much of the ...
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Contingent grammaticality

(I'm not sure about the title, but it's the best I can come up with). On ELU somebody has asked this question about which form of the verb "to be" to use in the frame She gives a blanket to me ...
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What's a grammatical infelicity?

Someone used this term in conversation with me, and I googled it expecting to find a wikipedia article or a link to some dictionary of linguistics. However, nothing of that sort popped up. Does the ...
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Ungrammatical or Grammatically Incorrect

When I asked which of "ungrammatical" or "grammatically incorrect" is prefered and why? at an English language forum I got the following "linguistic perspective": Both are used, but I believe ...
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Determining plural forms of fictional words

How does one determine the correct plurals of "made up" words that have no given plural form given by its original canon source or creator? Is it possible to determine what the "most similar" ...
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How does a linguist determine whether a pattern is grammatical in a language?

How does a linguist determine whether a pattern is grammatical in a language? Is there some kind of standard test? This is assuming that there is little documentation of the language and no authority. ...
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How is grammaticality judged in dead languages?

As far as I know, linguists determine grammaticality by judgement tests. Native speakers are presented with several types of utterances and, based on their intuition, they can judge each of these ...