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Louis Rhys
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68 votes
10 answers
99k views

When should one use slashes or square brackets when transcribing in IPA?

66 votes
10 answers
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Why did early Indo-European languages seem to be morphologically complex?

62 votes
9 answers
6k views

Why do we have interest in (dying) language preservation?

48 votes
4 answers
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Why do most words for "mother", across languages, start with an [m], and for "father" with [p]/[b], but not vice versa?

38 votes
5 answers
3k views

Why does speech speed seem to vary between different languages?

33 votes
6 answers
12k views

Can Modern Hebrew be considered an Indo-European language?

24 votes
5 answers
6k views

How did Korean become a language isolate?

23 votes
8 answers
4k views

What are some alternatives to Chomskian generative grammar?

23 votes
9 answers
8k views

What is the origin of non-natural grammatical genders in Indo-European languages?

20 votes
2 answers
1k views

Why is it that Latin was more "successful" in the western part of the Empire than in the eastern part?

20 votes
9 answers
8k views

How is definiteness expressed in languages with no definite article, clitic or affix?

18 votes
2 answers
7k views

How did Italian manage to stay (mostly) phonetically spelled despite its long written tradition?

17 votes
5 answers
857 views

Is there any point in the current ordering of the letters in the alphabet?

16 votes
5 answers
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Do linguists measure the relation distance between languages? How?

16 votes
2 answers
3k views

Is there a well-established metric to measure the effectiveness of a parsing algorithm?

15 votes
3 answers
3k views

What are some recommended online dictionaries for linguistic terms?

14 votes
4 answers
1k views

How does a linguist determine whether a pattern is grammatical in a language?

13 votes
4 answers
2k views

French conjugation, spoken vs written

12 votes
17 answers
40k views

Simultaneous bilingualism vs Sequential bilingualism

12 votes
2 answers
773 views

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

11 votes
3 answers
1k views

Can parsing be classified to some complexity class (e.g. NP-complete)?

11 votes
2 answers
265 views

The paucal to denote between three to six individuals

10 votes
2 answers
860 views

What is the evidence of the typological cycle theory?

10 votes
2 answers
2k views

Why do languages have different syllable complexity from each other?

9 votes
3 answers
432 views

Where can I find a reliable academic source of translations of words to the world's languages?

8 votes
4 answers
6k views

What are some reasons languages get picked as source languages for neologisms

7 votes
2 answers
224 views

What is the terminology for a source language for new word production?

6 votes
1 answer
385 views

How could the Sumerian cuneiform impose constraints on some languages?

4 votes
2 answers
514 views

What are the rationale of people speaking/teaching Esperanto? [closed]

4 votes
4 answers
209 views

Is there any language that observe root changes in response to the addition of affixes?