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Top Controversies in Linguistics

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This is a list of great unanswered questions, equivocal concepts, speculations and unproved theories in linguistics.

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What is the origin of language? Report Abuse
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Semantic bleaching Report Abuse
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What is the universal definition of word? Report Abuse
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Is language precisely localized in the brain? Report Abuse
In neurology, part of this issue has been somehow solved.
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Grammaticalisation Report Abuse
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How can the objective measure for the quality of translation be found? Report Abuse
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The global spread of English Report Abuse
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Oakland Ebonics controversy Report Abuse
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The existence of unclassified languages Report Abuse
This is perhaps because they are too many.
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How did the emergence of grammar occur? Report Abuse
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How can first language acquisition be possible? Report Abuse
This controversial issues meets two different views: nativism and empiricism, while none of them manages to explain the phenomena.
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Explain the existence of language isolates Report Abuse
Some scientists question the quality of isolates by claiming to have demonstrated their relationship to other languages.
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Language of preference Report Abuse
If individuals tend to use one language of preference, how is it possible that bilingual persons on the planet outnumber the monolingual ones?
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Form-meaning mapping in the second language acquisition. Report Abuse
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Finding one universal grammatical category Report Abuse
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The Etic-Emic debate Report Abuse
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How do creole languages appear? Report Abuse
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The theory of false writing systems Report Abuse
Some linguists claim that certain undeciphered texts are not based on a writing system at all.
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The issue of animal language Report Abuse
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The Dutch concept of “Volksgeist” Report Abuse
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