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Colin Fine
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32 votes

Why doesn’t a language modernization initiative adopt pure phonetic spelling?

18 votes

What language came before Proto-Indo-European?

16 votes

Linguistic relationship between Hebrew and Greek

15 votes

Why don't the French pronounce consonants at the ends of words?

15 votes

Why aren't the number of syllables in constructed languages like Esperanto minimized?

14 votes
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Is there an active alphabetic writing system not based on the Phoenician or the Brahmic lineage?

14 votes

Which official document defines the English alphabet?

13 votes
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What is the hierarchy for studies inside linguistics, or: How many different kinds of error can one make in language?

13 votes
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Why do we pronounce the letter "A" as the "eɪ" in Stake, and as "æ" in Cabbage?

12 votes

Does etymology have any role in everyday speech?

11 votes
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Why there is a neuter gender in some Indo-European languages, and others apparently dropped it?

11 votes

Are there any languages where the genitive case changes according to its object?

10 votes
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Do any languages have verbal inflection with a plural object?

10 votes

Why are there inflections?

10 votes

Is there a sound change from [ɡ] to [i] or [j]?

10 votes

Do different languages use different sign language?

9 votes

Are word classes universal?

9 votes
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Does accent/dialect prestige rely on socio-cultural bias or on acoustics?

9 votes
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How did Esperanto find "early adopters" for the language?

8 votes
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About how much does language typology correlate with genetic relationships among languages?

8 votes

Can the Anglo-Saxon words 'sind, sinder, sindon' have origins from older languages?

8 votes
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Etymology of "fiamma" in Italian

8 votes
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What do letters in square brackets, V, C, U in words mean?

7 votes

Is Welsh an agglutinative language?

7 votes

Can languages restrict their number of distinct syllables when written by syllabaries?

7 votes
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When did the Ivri (Hebrew) possessive pronoun "Shel-y" (של-י) replace the biblical suffix "-y"?

7 votes
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Why is it correct to say "Honey, I'm home", but "Miel, soy casa" is not?

7 votes
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Are "fish" and "to swim" related words?

6 votes

Are Old French and French mutually intelligible?

6 votes

English: Why can’t you ever find [l] opposed to [ɫ]? And why can’t you ever find [h] opposed to [ŋ]?

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