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Q&A

General Q&A about specific languages, language in general, and linguistics.

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What drives the complexity of a language?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by celtschk‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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~ません versus ~ないです

2 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Moshi‭  ·  edited almost 2 years ago by Moshi‭

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Why is the ـً in "شُكْرًا" and others pronounced?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by user53100‭  ·  edited almost 2 years ago by user53100‭

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Why do certain Hebrew letters have alternate final forms?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Moshi‭

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How did 'the better to —' semantically shift to mean 'So as to — better'?

0 answers  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by PSTH‭  ·  edited almost 2 years ago by Moshi‭

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Is Swedish more conservative than Danish and Norwegians?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by tommi‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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Why are there different suffixes for people of different countries in English?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Harel13‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Moshi‭

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What does "unused root" mean?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Harel13‭  ·  edited almost 2 years ago by msh210‭

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Is "estar de buenas" a widespread way to say "to be in a good mood"?

1 answer  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Nathaniel‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by fedorqui‭

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Why no "to"-infinitive in pual and huf'al?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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Icelandic patronymic pronunciation

1 answer  ·  posted almost 2 years ago by Jirka Hanika‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Lundin‭

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What is the Thai word for plurally numerical answer expectancy?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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Using adjectives that are related to taste for describing emotions

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Melancholy‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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What is the origin (etymology) of the word مسدس (pistol)?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Medi1saif‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Moshi‭

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Why is linguistics limited in how much it can look back in time?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by user53100‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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What is "these gentry" in Marxist writing?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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Has Japanese always had the polite "masu" form?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity almost 2 years ago by Jirka Hanika‭

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How do linguists determine historical pronunciation?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Sigma‭  ·  edited almost 2 years ago by Moshi‭

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Why is “timbre” pronounced “tamber”?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by user8078‭

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Structures like "skulle gjort" and "skulle gjøre"

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by tommi‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lundin‭

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Does English support three-word contractions?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by shpielmeister‭

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Is it really true that all Chinese words have one syllable?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Sigma‭

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When do you use 'whom'?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by msh210‭

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Why is it "pronunciation" and not "pronounciation"?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by nobodyImportant‭

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Whence אֶת between partners' names?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by David‭

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