Frédéric Grosshans
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Does Linear A potentially have the oldest Indo-European text that we know of?
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I think the oldest indo-European recorded text is Anitta text, with theoldest fragment VAT 7479, a.k.a. CTH1A dating from the 16th or 17th century BCE, much older than Linear B. Furthermore, it is a ...

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Transcripts for Languages with Few Resources (Such as Native American Languages)
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The Mayan society transcribed a large part of its literature into the Latin alphabet shortly after the conquest in the 16th century. Some of the surviving literature is in this book. The most famous (...

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Pahlavi and Parthian numerals
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They are related scripts historically used for related languages, which also used other writing systems. Both used the levantine number system, described in detail in the fantastic book/thesis by ...

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Are there any European languages that read out dates in the order of year, month, day?
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New answer The comments of A. M. Bittlingmayer convinced me my quick answer based on Wikipedia was insufficient. I then ran a small script through the CLDR (actually a python script using the Babel ...

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How different were Proto-Italic and Proto-Germanic?
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As you noticed, there is something common between modern Romance and Germanic languages which is not shared by other Indo-European languages. It does not come from their ancestral languages (Latin and ...

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How are algebraic operations written in a right-to-left language?
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Edit: add N’Ko I know of two modern living RTL mathematical tradition: Arabic and N’ko. I have no idea how other living RTL scripts (Hebrew, Dihevi, Syriac) deal with math. Arabic For Arabic (...

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Can one "sentence" belong to multiple languages?
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If being the official written standardized form of the official language of an independent country is enough to be a “language”, the answer is yes. The difference between languages and dialects is ...

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Subtypes of Standard Average European
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1st, Latin is not part of Standard Average European (SAE): the sprachbund is thought to have emerged through language contacts during the early middle ages and later, at a time when (classical) Latin ...

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Replacing Chinese characters with pinyin forever as Vietnamese did
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Beyond other answers, I will add some examples of actual use of phonetic writing systems actually used for Chinese (or any Sinitic language, what is traditionally called Chinese dialects/topolects). ...

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Etymology of Ancient Greek interrogative particle ἆρα
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Warning: I am not a linguist! This post is essentially a long comment on French’s use of est-ce que and your exclusion of it because “it’s a whole phrase”. I think est-ce que in modern French is not ...

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Would Saussure consider sign language as "parole"?
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In the 1960’s, the linguist William Stokoe showed that the American Sign Language is a full fledged language, and subsequent linguistic studies confirmed that sign languages share all the ...

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Most succinct written language
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Edit to clarify that I used the full declaration and not only the article 1 The way to answer your question is to have a sample of the same long text translated in many languages. The only example I ...

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Which indigenous languages have marked Ancestral/Mythological Past in grammars?
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I'm sure I've read the following idea written by a linguist somewhere. I didn't manage to find the reference and I'd love to have serious references for that. The following is mainly a first person ...

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How are line breaks handled in ideographic scripts?
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A good way to have rough but well informed advices on how to process scripts is to look at the Unicode standard. The result does not contain all the nuance needed for a high quality typography, but ...

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Do non-verbal ways of communication count as languages?
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A language, is a mean of communication shared by a community and which includes a grammar and the ability to speak about anything. It is the most often verbal, and is often associated with a way to ...

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Is there a significance to word order in ASL?
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This is not an answer, but I'd like to correct a wrong assumption that you make at the beginning of your question : Going on the general assumption that ASL is loosely rooted in English (only in ...

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Looking for Thai letter-frequency resource
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I've downloaded the Thai Wikipedia dump of the 29/08/2013, converted its 82,200 articles into text files with wp2txt and counted the 195,667,724 characters with a small python script. wp2txt is ...

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