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Are theta roles universal?
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I believe that theta roles have to be considered universal or else they are a useless concept. By definition they have to do with the underlying meanings and relations in a statement. When it comes to ...

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Does writing influence grammar?
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I don't know of any case of a particular script or orthography influencing grammar but writing in general can have an influence. Written forms of a language are very often their own "dialect" or ...

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Is there any proof that diphthongs exist?
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You asked if English diphthongs could be analyzed instead as long vowels, but that doesn't make sense. Long vowels don't change in quality (phonologically) over their duration. But you are asking ...

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What does "referentiality" mean?
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Referentiality has to do with how identifiable a referent in an utterance is. A referent is normally a noun phrase such as "my cat", or "them", but maybe it could be something else,...

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What are the relations between the different conditionals?
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OK, after doing a bit of research on the terms you have listed, here is my understanding. First off, you are mixing classifications systems, or "comparing apples to oranges" as we say in English. The ...

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What's the term for the use of "this" in "there's this guy called John, who..."?
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You are correct that it is being used like an indefinite article, so you could call it the "indefinite this". Unlike "a", "this" in such a context seems to indicate that you are about to elaborate on ...

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If word usage is based on semantic range, how do new meanings emerge?
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The answers provided are not very helpful. Common ways that words gain new meanings are through metaphor and metonymy. Words also shift by changing word classes. A common situation is nouns being ...

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Given a verb get a noun that corresponds to subject or object
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Wordnet might be helpful. Not Wordnet proper but one of the "standoff files", the Morphosemantic Links database. From the Wordnet home page: The majority of the WordNet’s relations connect words ...

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List of collocations in English
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You can download Google Ngrams whole dataset. http://storage.googleapis.com/books/ngrams/books/datasetsv2.html

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How to analyze these data with Optimality Theory?
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I don't think your markedness constraint can be correct, especially not for English. For one thing, do constraints ever refer to specific sounds, like [d]? I don't think the constraint as you have ...

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What aspect or feature do "over TIME" constructions have?
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I ended up saying in my paper that there are two aspects: distributive and durative. I think distributive is a decent term for things like I've met a lot of weird people over the years. Durative is ...

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