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How linguists select phonemes to construct an alphabet for a language

You should not be surprised if I tell you that the process is highly variable. Very roughly speaking, you start by eliciting a bunch of words and writing them down. Linguists have varying degrees of ...
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Why is Devanagari currently used for Sanskrit?

Even up to the 19th century, it was common for Sanskrit manuscripts to be transcribed and published in many writing systems, including the Perso-Arabic script. Devanagari was the first Indic script to ...
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Why is Devanagari currently used for Sanskrit?

As for when, Sanskrit was written in various scripts, according to Salomon (Indian epigraphy), and Devanagari was used for Sanskrit since the 7th century, and was only written in inscriptions from ...
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Is Generative / X-bar Theory prescriptivist? (can the descriptivist linguist create X-bar syntax trees?)

X-bar theory is prescriptivist in a certain sense. It prescribes certain things about the structure of syntax trees: that all branching is binary, for example, and that every XP level dominates an X' ...
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How to Identify Copulas in the Wild

This may not be a satisfying answer (is this becoming a trend with my answers?), but here's the best advice I can give: A word is a copula if and only if calling it a copula makes your theory more ...
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What's a good resource where I can publish some narratives in a minority language?

The question seems to be about where one would put such materials (not how one would handle the typesetting issue). There are at least three places which don't require content review: Zenodo, Figshare,...
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What's a good resource where I can publish some narratives in a minority language?

Another potential archive for documentation of endangered languages is The Language Archive currently hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics at Nijmegen (The Netherlands).
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How to diagram a sentence containing a sentence adverb?

Simplified Tree Diagram of Supplementary Adjunct:
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The o-o-o-ol’ shakuh-shakuh: how can we describe this extended “o” sound?

The IPA is not designed to represent all possible sounds, even ones made by humans when speaking, so what you can hope for is a “hint” about a particular sound. Mainly, what you have to figure out is ...
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Is meaning prescribed?

Existing words already have meaning. The relationship between the word (form) and the meaning is conventional, and in learning a language (as a child or second language learner), you learn that ...
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Why is Devanagari currently used for Sanskrit?

There are two reasons. Firstly, the other scripts died out but nagari survived. As to why this happened is worth looking into, and probably has to do with printing. Secondly, its a North Indian bias. ...
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How to Identify Copulas in the Wild

The most sensical cross-linguistic definition of "copula" is an element that is required for non-verbal predication. The elements in your examples could all qualify as copulas depending on what verbal ...
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Term for "regional linguistics"?

Sounds like what I'd call philology.
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