Would a general question about orthography be appropriate for this forum or would it be more at home in linguistics?

  • In what language is the word you're trying to spell? And is it why a word is spelled some way or why it is pronounced some way? And instead of twenty questions, can you give us a better idea of the nature of your question..that might reduce our questions and we can tell you directly.
    – Mitch
    Aug 31, 2015 at 2:39
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    Questions about English orthography are fine here (orthography); however, the standard conventions are a matter of general reference (e.g. Capitalize the first letter of the first word of a sentence) and the finer points are very often a matter of your editor's opinion (e.g. [Always/Never] capitalize the 'D' in d'Artagnan when it is the first letter of the first word of a sentence), so I would advise a thorough explanation of context and of references consulted.
    – choster
    Aug 31, 2015 at 14:38

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The general rule is that if the question is specific to English, it is fine here (subject to being on-topic and the other restrictions); if you could ask the same question in a different language and still get useful responses, it would be better on Linguistics.SE. But if you're uncertain, ask wherever you think most suitable: it may be migrated, but there is no charge for the service.


Questions about orthography as an item of study (such as how to design one, the history of existing orthographies, etc) should indeed be asked at Linguistics.

  • Note: we have the tag orthography.
    – Dan Bron
    Aug 31, 2015 at 16:56
  • I don't know why this is getting downvoted. I'm not saying that questions about English orthography shouldn't be asked here, but that questions about orthography itself should be asked at Linguistics.se. Aug 31, 2015 at 20:33
  • Maybe say that explicitly in your answer? I dunno.
    – Dan Bron
    Aug 31, 2015 at 20:34

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