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61 What characteristics are unique to English (or at least rare among language as a whole)? 2012-08-15T18:30:24.147

53 Why did early Indo-European languages seem to be morphologically complex? 2011-09-20T15:33:02.470

47 Do unschooled people use cases correctly, e.g. in Germany and in Russia? 2014-12-09T04:45:46.763

46 Why do we have interest in (dying) language preservation? 2012-03-03T06:33:35.110

39 Languages that are gaining morphological distinctions 2011-09-14T17:36:21.640

37 When should one use slashes or square brackets when transcribing in IPA? 2011-09-20T02:12:44.443

36 Why do most words for "mother", across languages, start with an [m], and for "father" with [p]/[b], but not vice versa? 2011-10-21T14:57:43.727

34 Are there languages with other spatial deixis besides "here", "there" and "over there"? 2011-09-21T22:51:42.913

34 What is word order used for in "free word order" languages? 2012-02-23T06:59:56.103

33 How do linguists place the vowels of a language precisely on the vowel trapezoid? 2011-09-14T19:53:05.890

33 Why are certain there-sentences infelicitous in English? 2011-09-22T13:18:10.810

32 Is there any language that uses different pronouns for "we" depending on whether the spoken to person is included in the group? 2015-09-23T20:15:21.830

32 Why do Japanese people have difficulties in pronouncing English? 2017-05-02T10:47:25.207

31 Why does speech speed seem to vary between different languages? 2011-09-29T14:50:30.377

30 How do I format an interlinear gloss for HTML? 2011-09-13T21:04:33.437

29 Is there really a difference between agglutinative and non-agglutinative languages when spoken? 2011-11-25T05:51:31.247

28 Is there a difference between an affricate and a plosive+fricative consonant cluster? 2011-09-15T20:59:11.100

28 What's the difference between phonetics and phonology? 2011-09-15T22:43:55.990

27 Articles before the name of a person 2011-09-13T21:11:08.183

27 Do the Khoisan languages resemble the world's first language? 2011-10-03T00:09:09.420

27 Is there an online tool to convert IPA symbols into audio sound? 2014-10-20T22:56:46.120

27 Why does English not have a cognate of words like heter, in Swedish, or llama, in Spanish, etc? 2015-02-19T21:51:44.890

25 Are consonant mutations in Indo-European languages specific of the Celtic group? 2011-09-13T21:19:26.513

25 Is the seeming relation between the sound /n/ and negativity purely coincidental? 2011-09-14T04:27:43.960

25 Can Modern Hebrew be considered an Indo-European language? 2011-09-14T08:52:35.437

25 Are there any non-Indo-European languages with go-periphrasis? 2011-10-24T15:26:00.893

25 What languages lack personal pronouns, and why? 2012-02-14T14:39:01.423

25 Why the prevalence of "ph" in transliteration? 2009-12-23T18:29:59.850

25 Why is English classified as a Germanic rather than Romance language? 2014-06-10T04:52:45.227

24 Do some languages have articles besides the definite and indefinite articles? 2011-09-13T21:48:30.947

24 Which Romance languages have reflexes of nouns in the Latin nominative? 2011-09-15T12:00:13.240

24 Lists of linguistic resources 2011-09-27T17:42:09.257

24 What are the fundamental differences between Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics? 2012-04-16T11:24:37.907

24 Is it hard for software speech synthesisers to handle IPA? If so, why? 2013-01-05T14:56:27.227

24 What's the difference between syntax and grammar? 2013-04-03T01:20:57.180

23 What are some alternatives to Chomskian generative grammar? 2011-09-14T05:54:06.353

23 What has NLP/CL brought to the table of pencil-and-paper linguistics? 2011-09-14T23:33:39.927

23 Is it common to use the minor third for calling someone? 2011-10-16T08:43:31.983

23 What meaningful distinction is there between morphology and syntax? 2011-10-17T18:26:46.247

22 Why do English verbs inflect so little, especially in regard to "person"? 2011-09-21T14:08:29.027

22 Are some languages inherently harder for children to acquire? 2011-10-12T03:33:55.413

22 Are there any languages or cultures that have genderless given names? 2012-08-13T20:40:39.907

21 How did Korean become a language isolate? 2011-09-19T14:56:21.457

21 Why do so many core Romanian words with Latin roots come from different roots than in the other Romance languages? 2011-09-21T22:30:30.630

21 Are there grammatical analyses of languages that are extremely different from IE grammar? 2011-09-26T18:30:12.743

21 Animals’ names change when we eat them: is that universal? 2011-09-27T07:33:33.693

21 Why do Polish and Belarusian have an atypical greeting if compared to other Slavic languages? 2012-01-28T11:10:55.540

20 Language acquisition without interactive contact with fluent speakers 2011-09-14T15:11:00.907

20 When does copula absence occur in African-American Vernacular English? 2011-09-14T21:20:37.263

20 How do field linguists begin to study an undocumented language which they cannot speak? 2011-09-21T20:11:22.487

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