Nick Nicholas
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How does PIE root dhē- 'to set, to put', evolve to mean 'thesis'?
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thesis is Ancient Greek for "setting (down), placing", and @user438 is completely correct that the connection is that someone "sets down" arguments and propositions. Other related indirect senses ...

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What functional motivations are there for the choice of light verb constructions over full verbs?
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It's a circular answer, but light verbs are particularly prominent as a strategy in borrowing verbs from other languages, and that is because verbs are a more closed class than nouns. We use light ...

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Relationship between topics and speech acts/dialogue acts in a sentence
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I wasn't familiar with dialogue acts, and from What is the difference between Speech Act and Dialog Act?, dialogue acts appear to be a construct favoured in computational linguistics. Speech Acts are ...

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The accentual (Tone) system of Ancient Greek
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My question is: Is the accent (tone) system of Ancient Greek which we are using now a result of linguistic reconstruction, or it is mainly based on historical references such as the descriptions of ...

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