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20 votes
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Can the IPA represent all languages' tones?

17 votes
6 answers
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Have we observed classes changing from open to closed, or vice versa?

16 votes
1 answer
575 views

Are nouns ever a closed class?

13 votes
1 answer
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Have ejective consonants ever arisen on their own?

12 votes
1 answer
209 views

Is there a standardized graphical encoding for cuneiform?

9 votes
2 answers
473 views

Did Classical Hebrew and/or Aramaic have allophonic continuant length?

9 votes
1 answer
730 views

How do I gloss a Semitic verb?

9 votes
1 answer
233 views

Do other languages have an "irreversible aspect"?

8 votes
1 answer
274 views

Where did Irish "-acht" come from?

8 votes
1 answer
316 views

What's the longest extant dialect continuum?

8 votes
0 answers
85 views

Was the "a" glyph ever used for ajV in Hittite?

7 votes
2 answers
395 views

What's going on with ŠÁR?

7 votes
2 answers
437 views

What is Ś in Sumero-Akkadian cuneiform?

7 votes
0 answers
92 views

Why do some theophoric names put the verb first?

7 votes
1 answer
260 views

At what point did the feminine ending fall silent in Semitic languages?

6 votes
1 answer
474 views

When did the contraction "Allah" originate?

6 votes
1 answer
132 views

What are the conventions for corpus usage?

6 votes
3 answers
995 views

What is the evidence for the arbitrariness of the sign?

6 votes
2 answers
364 views

Were long vowels distinguished in cuneiform?

6 votes
3 answers
232 views

Is there good evidence for five vowel phonemes in Hittite?

6 votes
1 answer
340 views

How do we name a sign when we don't know any of its readings?

6 votes
2 answers
296 views

Did Sumerian have /ħ/?

6 votes
2 answers
369 views

What is Proto-Semitic *x̣?

6 votes
1 answer
824 views

What are the main weaknesses of autosegmental phonology?

6 votes
2 answers
256 views

Do any languages use distinct graphemes for vowels with different tones?

6 votes
2 answers
179 views

What is Ugaritic "Ž"?

5 votes
1 answer
75 views

Where can I find a modern overview of Luvian hieroglyphs?

5 votes
1 answer
342 views

How do I know if a cuneiform character is a logogram or determinative?

5 votes
1 answer
347 views

Does Jespersen's Cycle apply to languages without negative concord?

5 votes
2 answers
1k views

Is there a "maximal coda principle"?