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What characteristics are unique to English (or at least rare among language as a whole)?

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Why did early Indo-European languages seem to be morphologically complex?

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Do unschooled people use cases correctly, e.g. in Germany and in Russia?

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What is word order used for in "free word order" languages?

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10 answers
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Languages that are gaining morphological distinctions

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Why does speech speed seem to vary between different languages?

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4 answers
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Why are certain there-sentences infelicitous in English?

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Why is “ß” not used in Swiss German?

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5 answers
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What languages lack personal pronouns, and why?

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6 answers
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Is there any evidence to support the claim that English grammar is unusually straightforward?

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5 answers
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Is future tense in English really a myth?

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4 answers
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Why was מֹשֶׁה‎ transliterated as [moʊzɨz]?

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6 answers
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Why is constituency needed, since dependency gets the job done more easily and economically?

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Which Romance languages have reflexes of the Latin nominative in nouns?

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8 answers
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American English : are [ə] and [ʌ] different phonemes? (schwa vs. chevron)

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Are there any languages or cultures that have genderless given names?

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3 answers
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How do linguists distinguish between case endings and postpositions, especially in languages which have both and/or have no traditional grammar?

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9 answers
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Are there languages that distinguish between inclusive and exclusive "or"?

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23 answers
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Is there a language whose writing is 100% phonemic?

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3 answers
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Reversal of kinship terms when speaking to a child

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4 answers
3k views

Why do Polish and Belarusian have an atypical greeting if compared to other Slavic languages?

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Does Japanese have determiners?

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2 answers
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Why is /h/ called voiceless vowel phonetically, and /h/ consonant phonologically?

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3 answers
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Are there any fundamental differences in personal pronoun acquisition across languages?

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Paucal number without singular

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1 answer
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How powerful is literacy to slow down language change?

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7 answers
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Are the Japanese and Korean subject particles known to be related in any way, including by Sprachbund?

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2 answers
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What is the function of the soft sign (Ь) in Russian?

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4 answers
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Are there any languages that mark nouns as mass?

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1 answer
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Are there any languages that don't permit instrumental subjects?

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