Tag: historical-linguistics

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

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

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

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

20 What is the origin of non-natural grammatical genders in Indo-European languages? 2011-09-26T13:40:08.567

20 What are the historical origin of terms for north, south, east and west? 2011-11-26T22:41:49.043

19 Why is it that Latin was more "successful" in the western part of the Empire than in the eastern part? 2011-10-07T17:14:18.970

19 Is the Dené–Yeniseian hypothesis widely accepted, and has it led to further research? 2012-02-16T03:49:17.590

17 What is the relationship between the PIE roots *dekṃ and *kṃtóm? 2011-10-12T18:10:48.663

17 Was there a Semitic influence on Proto-Germanic? 2011-10-30T12:26:31.280

17 Where did Spanish get its /x/? Arabic influence? 2012-02-17T12:23:22.453

17 Is there a language known to have developed a case system? 2012-07-23T12:13:13.633

17 Do any languages use {woman} as the root for human? 2016-11-15T22:18:45.383

16 When and how did French become a non-null-subject language? 2012-02-13T09:58:47.803

16 Is there a diagram showing the history of sound changes from Latin to the Romance languages? 2013-03-15T16:32:33.353

16 What did the Greeks and Romans believe about language relationships? 2014-02-26T18:09:05.917

15 What are the reasons to count Armenian as an Indo-European language? 2012-01-06T20:30:55.057

15 On the idea that Classical Chinese may *not* be direct ancestor of modern Chinese languages 2013-05-16T16:41:53.977

14 Is Nicaraguan Sign Language the only language born from nothing? 2011-09-14T20:13:30.227

14 True languages that pirates spoke 2011-09-19T15:21:10.610

14 How did Italian manage to stay (mostly) phonetically spelled despite its long written tradition? 2011-10-01T18:22:50.313

14 What language came before Proto-Indo-European? 2012-08-06T01:54:26.543

13 Is there a single origin for the connection between time and weather? 2011-09-22T22:41:25.300

13 Is anyone studying change in constructed language? 2011-10-14T02:01:28.383

13 How did the Arabic word "allah" come to have an /lˤ/ ("emphatic l")? 2011-11-16T18:44:26.343

13 Where did the nasal sound in the Portuguese word "sim" come from? 2012-06-21T14:15:28.387

13 Origin of articles in European languages 2013-04-21T21:19:51.427

12 What is necessary to decide if Lusitanian is a Celtic language? 2011-10-26T00:21:12.273

12 Diachronic devoicing of initial lenis plosives in English 2012-08-23T22:58:39.697

12 What is the current understanding of the classification of indigenous American languages? 2012-08-29T20:05:07.243

12 When were there the most languages? 2013-05-13T20:44:22.367

12 Latin, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French number words from eleven to nineteen - history of a bizarre, inconsistent construction 2014-01-12T04:50:26.783

12 Are Old French and French mutually intelligible? 2014-01-29T15:04:47.817

12 What is the reason for the double negation found in some languages? 2015-12-18T18:37:50.617

12 How stable are grammatical genders? 2016-03-13T12:07:13.037

11 Did Western European languages change faster during the Renaissance? 2012-01-22T23:59:50.757

11 What is the current understanding of Greenberg's classification of African languages? 2012-08-28T01:00:29.400

11 Current status of the controversy on the date of Indo-European dispersion 2014-05-27T04:06:21.307

11 Where do the spelling rules for French imperatives come from? 2015-04-20T09:42:50.993

11 Do dialects without the meet-meat merger neutralize the distinction in some contexts? 2015-10-09T04:58:28.760

10 Are English 'butterfly', German 'Butterfliege' and Dutch 'botervlieg' cognates? 2012-01-15T16:21:02.787

10 How did the pitch-accent system of Western South Slavic emerge? 2012-05-27T20:40:36.220

10 Are there any languages with the equivalent of "both" for three items? 2012-06-15T01:14:14.983

10 Do atonal languages have a tonal ancestor? 2012-09-07T02:44:50.030

10 How diachronically stable are color terms? 2014-05-14T02:31:35.277

10 What is known or believed about the origin of Semitic-type root-and-template morphology? 2014-05-19T00:17:50.337

10 Are there documented languages that evolved from tonal to nontonal? 2014-11-03T11:34:41.493

9 How did the present continuous in English get to be such a dominant present tense? 2011-09-14T03:42:03.787

9 Is there a comprehensive account of the development of laryngeal theory? 2012-01-08T13:44:35.673

9 How do linguists tell areal features and genetic relations apart? 2012-02-13T16:06:48.617

9 How did Chinese recursion evolve? 2012-03-08T13:32:44.360

9 What is the "first language"? 2012-08-06T01:56:58.927

9 Descendants of Latin vs. Greek? 2014-11-26T04:11:22.243

9 Why "Kampuchea" → "Cambodia"? 2014-12-29T06:52:53.873

9 Is the prefix "proto-" reserved only for unattested languages ? 2015-08-12T22:34:17.143

9 Did PIE *h3 cause voicing in any other words than the "drink" word? 2015-10-15T18:39:43.833

8 Are there alternatives to the comparative method in historical linguistics? 2012-03-14T02:22:42.807

8 How much time does it take to create/fork a new language? 2012-09-07T11:31:52.090

8 Why are many ancient languages so complicated compared to many modern languages? 2014-01-14T15:19:16.953

8 The French of Shakespeare -- why does it seem so modern? 2015-02-22T18:48:32.090

8 Difference between "Leiden school" and "mainstream" Indo-Europeanists? 2015-08-18T09:38:44.033

8 How do proponents of Indo-Uralic explain the major differences between the consonant systems of pIE and pUralic? 2017-04-08T15:22:39.047

8 Was language invented only once or several times? 2017-09-24T22:35:04.480

8 Did Romance languages evolve in North Africa? 2017-11-05T23:21:12.883

8 Where did the use of the two auxiliaries in the Romance languages come from? 2018-02-26T22:28:17.503

7 What makes a language identifiable and distinguishable from other languages and their dialects? 2011-10-30T06:19:32.300

7 What is the history of the sound spelled <â> or <î> (IPA /ɨ/) in Romanian? 2011-11-09T00:47:32.570

7 What is the reason for the semantic change bowl/pot/cup > head? 2012-01-10T13:53:52.317

7 Is it possible to determine genetic relations without external historical data? 2012-02-14T23:30:57.397

7 What is the sound law to describe the etymology of “helix” and “vulva”? 2012-09-03T14:13:55.523

7 How do SOV languages develop agreement affixes on verb? 2012-09-29T12:35:01.093

7 Why do we call some countries a different name than the people of that country? 2013-01-03T02:54:23.413

7 Why did English stop using thou? 2013-05-22T00:31:25.023

7 Help me find an early Old Norse dictionary (or even a grammar) 2014-09-21T08:41:39.807

7 Why do PIE verbs have suffixes -m-, -s-, -t-, while personal pronouns have m-, t-, s-? 2014-11-20T13:52:26.050

7 What word did the English use before 'because'? 2015-03-15T03:28:30.660

7 Why does word-initial upsilon always have a rough breathing? 2015-04-21T19:49:25.043

7 Are there any words that have merged in pronunciation and spelling and then separated again? 2015-05-21T12:22:48.003

7 How did it happen that K was introduced to Latin alphabet in place of C and C started to mark /t͡s/ or /s/ in many languages? 2015-09-25T21:01:31.897

7 Is there something deeper behind the “verb classes swapping” of the subjunctive endings in Romance languages? 2016-02-24T14:29:30.403

7 What program can I use to make a tree of a language family? 2016-03-23T00:34:30.383

7 The semantical change of сарай - "saráj" (rus., ukr.) vs. sister and donor languages: pl. 'seraj', srb-cro. 'saraj' 2016-05-14T21:48:51.757

7 Are There Ancient Greek Words Descended From Sumerian? 2016-05-22T17:07:21.027

7 Which modern day dialect of Aramaic is the closest one to the dialect that Jesus of Nazareth spoke in Palestine some 2000 years ago? 2016-08-07T00:05:51.353

7 How would someone begin translating an unknown language? 2016-09-29T20:01:51.050

7 Old Chinese romanization using a letter that looks like a "3" 2016-12-28T01:38:48.710

7 How different were Proto-Italic and Proto-Germanic? 2017-01-16T22:03:02.880

7 Is historical linguistics still producing new results? 2017-02-12T19:49:36.920

7 In which non-Sinitic languages do negative clauses retain older constituent order in SVC-derived complex predicates? 2017-04-06T08:26:05.860

7 Can two close languages be merged? 2017-04-14T10:35:07.957

7 Are the inflectional endings in English known to have evolved from separate words or do they go too far back into PIE to know? 2017-12-04T05:01:41.893

7 How to determine the direction of conversion? 2018-02-21T22:18:58.290

6 How the tau gallicum may have been pronounced? 2011-09-14T19:47:31.790

6 What are some examples of well-known agglutinatve languages moving toward inflecting morphology? 2011-09-30T10:29:08.253

6 History of the verb positioning in German 2012-11-21T23:33:37.817

6 What similarities are there between Nicaraguan (ISN) and American (ASL) Sign Language? 2012-12-06T05:25:02.437

6 How do we know that Ancient Greek didn't have ejectives? 2013-08-26T18:56:03.090

6 Did a "cave man-style" language ever exist? 2013-12-17T21:02:36.783

6 What is the most recent example of a language which has split from another and become non-mutually comprehensible? 2014-11-24T04:51:55.007