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Reversal of kinship terms when speaking to a child
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Is there a name for this phenomenon? There are several in fact, but there doesn't seem to be a single unified term, which is quite a problem because it makes looking it up a real pain in the neck. ...

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"h" in Sindhi - ھ vs ہ
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Did you say different? My browser renders those "different" examples identically: They are definitely encoded differently, because a search for ه will only highlight one of the two: So ...

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Adjective position in Provençal (Occitan)
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I'll do you one better and answer both for Provençal and Lengadocian! I know a group of Occitan speakers online and decided to ask them about it. The general explanation for this irregularity really ...

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Can causative and anticausative co-occur in Turkish verbal morphology?
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Definitely, it's especially common for certain verbs. Bir ev tahliye ettirildi Translation: A house was evacuated In Istanbul, following the past earthquake many houses cracked (sic.)...

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What is the status of Modern Standard Arabic?
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According to Wikipedia, Modern Standard Arabic is different from Classical Arabic. This is a big question and Wikipedia is a good place to start from. What if I told you this was a controversial ...

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Is there a term for names with the "X the Y" construction?
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These "titles" are called epithets as already brought up in comments. As for what this structure might be called grammatically, German employs a near identical structure which can be ...

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Morpheme breakdown of the word 'classification'
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Well Nicholas, depending on your point of view, you were either very lucky or unlucky to choose the word classification. I am confused between the two because for the second one, classific isn't a ...

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How to find origin of a borrowed word?
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Which origin? If you're looking for which language a word first emerged, you'd be looking for the ultimate origin. So in the case of the name Catherine, we can say that it is ultimately from Greek ...

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What are the incentives for neologisms (new words)?
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Short answer: Neologisms are uncanonical by nature, a branching off from previous understanding. It is rare to see neologisms studied within the context of modern (especially synchronic) linguistics, ...

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Is there empirical support for this implicational universal: "if a language has no plural morphology, it has no tense marking"?
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In particular, I need to know whether it's true when one accounts for strictly pronominal plurality and for 'impure' tense markers such as Chinese aspect particle 了. I think you just answered your ...

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Is linguistics a superset of programming language theory?
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Is linguistics a superset of programming language theory? There's a programming language theory? I mean don't get me wrong There's a Wikipedia page A number of books on it And even a course or two ...

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