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Are the unreleased stops in cantonese discernable by listening?
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Yes, Cantonese people are able to discern unreleased stops just by listening the syllables without any further context that might help deduce which syllable is meant, moreover, other people in dialect ...

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Is there any proof that diphthongs exist?
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In fact, loosely speaking, there is just one continuous vibration or wave in one syllable with one, two or more vowels. Those syllables with more than one vowel are just due to the writing system, and ...

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Why does there seem to be so much disagreement among linguists?
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According to Chomsky(see what Chomsky says in: What is minimalist about the minimalist program?), linguistics is science. Yes, essentially it is, since it is part of biology, and the intelligent part ...

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On the idea that Classical Chinese may *not* be direct ancestor of modern Chinese languages
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What you or other present as evidence to support "On the idea that Classical Chinese may not be direct ancestor of modern Chinese languages" may happen in other language too, it is just the difference ...

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What is the definition of "oracle information"?
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It is a term from computer science or computability theory.You know,there are some sets that are not computable or recursive or not computably enumerable.To compare these sets,the Turing machine may ...

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Does writing influence grammar?
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No, Chinese characters or what we call Chinese logogram have not influenced it's grammar at all. Writing is just a image of the mapping from sound and maybe meaning of language. How could it influence ...

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Chomsky's Universal grammar and Evolution of human languages
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Question one:We don't know negative or positive answer to your question. But we know human being or our ancestors (we are not sure the exact time,and it is not important,I think)have the capability to ...

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Why are infinitive complements analysed as separate clauses?
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This is the analysis of generative grammar, there is a D-structure for a sentence, which is usually much different from the S-structure of the sentence. By D-structure, you can know why, to understand ...

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How do linguists define the idea of a grammatical subject?
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Yes, you are right, in traditional linguistics that is, linguistics before generative grammar, the idea "subject" is not well-defined, so every definition given by the traditional linguist can not ...

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What is recursion?
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Recursion is computability,in modern theory,it is the central idea of computational theory,and due to different computational models ,that have been proved to be equivalent,like Turing Machine,Lambda ...

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Does MP model generation or comprehension?
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Minimal Program is not to construct a grammar,rather it concerns what Chomsky calls the third factor,that is why linguistic theories do have these principles ,not others.

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What is minimalist about the minimalist program?
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“Take any theory of language you like, you may or may not be interested in the questions raised in the minimalist program: why does the theory have these principles, not others. If you are interested,...

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What kinds of evidence are used in order to discover how children acquire language & what are its limitations?
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Yes,one doing what you describe has to read some classic work like Gold's Limitation in Identification of language ,which I think is very important theoretical work,and lot of linguists have found or ...

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Wouldn't a language without recursion still be non-finite at the level of discourse?
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Languages are defined as subset of Kleene closure of alphabet.So the subset may be recursive set or enumerably recursive set,or non-enumerably-recursive set,the last one is not recursive,and in fact,...

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Are there any words understood by speakers of any language in the world?
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I think "mama" and "papa" are two words which can be understood by every one in the world, because it is almost the same or similiar across all language.

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