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Why did Old English lose both thorn and eth?

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Why do English transliterations of Arabic names have so many Qs in them?

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Is English tonal for some words, like "permit"?

77 votes

What is the term for this derivation: "Cheeseburger comes from Hamburger" but... the word hamburger didn't refer to ham

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Is Sanskrit really the mother of all languages?

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Were ancient languages as sophisticated as modern languages?

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Is it unusual that English uses possessive for past tense?

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Days of the week in Yiddish -- why so similar to Germanic?

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How did the generic masculine emerge?

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Why isn't "I've" a proper response?

45 votes

Since when did Indo-European languages start associating noun genders with male/female sexes?

42 votes

How did שְׁלֹמֹה (shlomo) become Solomon?

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Are there modern languages without standardized spelling? If not, why?

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Is the Cyrillic letter 'Z' the same as the number 3

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Is future tense in English really a myth?

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Are language and thought the same?

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Why are J, U, W considered part of the basic Latin Alphabet?

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Why isn't there a letter for /b/ sound in Greek alphabet while they have the sound?

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Why do the Romance languages use definite articles, when Latin doesn't?

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Why vowels sound different from each other

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Do any languages use words like particles to represent commas, periods, hyphens, quotes, parentheses, etc.?

33 votes

What linguistic evidence is there in support of/in opposition to the account of the Tower of Babel?

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Why do even completely illiterate persons, who speak their national language poorly, speak their local dialect with perfection?

33 votes

Why do most languages have a different form for singular vs plural nouns?

32 votes

Why are the orthographies of Ancient/Proto Languages so Impractical?

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What do you call an IPA symbol that lacks a name (e.g. ɲ)?

30 votes

Is there a language where there are personal pronouns for the first or second person that have gender?

30 votes

How does the nonsense word "frabjous" conform to English phonotactics?

30 votes

Why were writing systems invented independently during roughly the same period across multiple civilizations?

29 votes

Is there a language where there are personal pronouns for the first or second person that have gender?

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