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Metadata for a paper in the generative framework?

sorry if this is the wrong place to ask, but I don't know who to turn to. I'm trying to publish a paper on Gapping in a small national journal - they publish anything related to language and ...
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Categorising parameters of speech&language output&comprehension in aphasia

I am doing some research that to quantify the efficiency of a certain treatment upon various parameters related to production and comprehension of speech and language, in patients with aphasia. ...
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Where can I find a set of Spanish-English comparable texts? ***(Not translations)***

This is my very first post, I hope I'm making myself clear. What I'm asking for is a set of texts that are equivalent in both languages in terms of difficulty, word frequency and register (i.e. two ...
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Axioms in English: If we try to find the root meaning of every English word in the dictionary,which word will we land on the most [duplicate]

Assume an alien has landed on Earth and wants to learn English with the help of an English Dictionary. He looks up the meaning of "the". Meaning of "the": "denoting one or more people or things ...
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Do linguists ever learn another language just to increase their own knowledge of linguistics?

I've been thinking about doing just that. I've been looking at agglutinating languages like Korean and Hungarian. Problem is, I've never managed to truly learn a language unless I had a use for it. I'...
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Over what percentage of acceptance of a phrase is looked on as natural use?

This may not be qualified as a query. Over what percentage of acceptance as idiomatic would normally be considered as felicitous? For example, if 70% of native speakers agree a phrase is idiomatic, ...
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What functional motivations are there for the choice of light verb constructions over full verbs?

I am doing a reasearch on light verbs and wondered if anyone could give some opinions on why people tend to use light verb cosntructions, such as "take a shower", "make a decision" etc., over the ...
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'Non-standard' indexicals

Currently, I am doing some research on indexicals, by which I mean words like: I here now today, tomorrow, yesterday local present, current For ease of reference, let’s call these the ‘standard’ ...
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Old English forms of address

I am doing some research on Anglo-Saxon England and wondering if there are any particular forms of address in Old English that are a) roughly equivalent to Mr. Mrs. Ms., etc. in terms of formality, b) ...
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Can regional variations of a language cause the formant space to be reduced?

I'm doing research on speech, but I'm not a linguist. Hopefully it won't be a silly question. I have been reading a little on regional variations of formants, because in my research we use formant ...
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Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies

I wanted a corpus of recent English fiction (20 century onwards) which I can use as a reference corpus for my research work. It should consist of at least 5 million words. I do not need it in ...
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How do linguists search the web for text containing special characters? [closed]

Most search engines exclude special characters (henceforth SC). I tried SymbolHound, but its source material is limited and generated nothing for my search for , still less
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corpus search in Sketch Engine for particular correlative coordinators

Can someone teach me/show me how to search for either...or, neither...or/nor, whether...or and etc. in Sketch engine (in BAWE corpus particularly)? I have read basically every guide and watched a lot ...
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Could the proto-human language still play a role in the interlingual communication?

I've read several studies about sound symbolism and I'm still not sure whether I got an insight into the topic. I know that today's view of most of the linguists is skeptical towards sound symbolism ...
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Current prospective efforts in the decipherment of ancient scripts

Reading a bit about the decipherment of ancient scripts gave me the impression that those scripts which remain mostly undeciphered as of today have such a small and restricted corpus (I'm thinking of ...
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Is the development of an English phrase such as “on the internet” a process of natural selection? [closed]

I keep asking this question over and over again. For example, it seems that the word "Internet" (the specific global system of interconnected Internet Protocol (IP) networks) was coined in 1960s or ...
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Reearch paper subject [closed]

Computer language and human language. is it a good subject to research paper related to linguistics? Thank you in advance
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What is the protocol to determine sample size in phonetic research?

I am doing a simple graduate-student research project with a colleague in the CompSci Department. We want to develop a program that automatically distinguishes a man's voice from a woman's. We ...
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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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What data to collect when conducting a research on aphasia?

What data to collect when conducting a research on aphasia?? I am trying to do a research in psycholinguistics and I don't know where to start and what data to collect. I am really confused and I ...
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On price tags/labels why some nouns are used singular/plural regardless of countability?

Is there any explanation regarding why some nouns are used in singular form while the others are used in plural form such as price tags in stores or menus in restaurants. I know that in languages ...
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What does a cognitive linguistics researcher actually do in practice?

What would a cognitive linguistics researcher do on a daily basis, and how would they go about conducting this research?
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What are the go-to resources on historical linguistics?

I'm pretty interested in historical linguistics, but unfortunately, my school rarely offers the historical linguistics class. What are some go-to resources on historical linguistics, be it books, ...
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Query format for NP without subject in PPCEME

As I, not being very familiar with corpus linguistics, read the manual for searching through PPCEME I entered: node: NP* print_indices: true query: (NP-SBJ *PRO*) without getting a result. Could ...
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About the Swedish /ɧ/

Swedish has quite a peculiarity that I haven't found (yet) in other languages. There are some spellings that are pronounced all the same way. Currently the number of these spellings is disputed, but ...
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Identifying studies on how English language reflects sexism

Right now I'm looking for papers on how sexism is reflected in the English language. A lot of the literature is from the 1970's and is seen as a little out there and not empirical. Besides reading the ...
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Proving an existing, undocumented language is “new”

What is the process of proving a new language is in fact a language -- and that it is a "new" unclaimed language within linguistics?
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Is our mental lexicon structured like a tag-cloud system or hierarchical?

Thinking about this discussion on meta i was reasoning about simple self-experiments you can do in psycholinguistics, where you dont need great background knowledge in Cognitive Psychology or ...
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Are there some studies or resources comparing the two living creole languages in Australia?

In Australia there are two creoles in daily use, Kriol (rop, also known as Roper River Creole etc) in the Northern Territory with about 30,000 speakers and Torres Strait Creole (tcs, also known as ...