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Questions concerning the language (e.g., English, French, German, Chinese) of academic publications, presentations, transcripts, or other documents. For questions on style, use 'writing-style' instead.

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After 2 interviews, I've been invited to visit the campus for 2 weeks. Looking for advice as I prepare for this trip (5500miles away!) [closed]

The position is for a full-time faculty professorship in my field (humanities). I was one of 10 invited to apply. My first two interviews went very well. I have been told that I am the only candidate ...
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My thesis proposal [closed]

I'm a student in Iran studying English Language Teaching (M.A.) at University. Before pursuing English at the university level, I was an engineer, so I have a background knowledge of math. I've ...
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How to handle well-known english acronyms and names for an abstract in the local language?

I have to provide a translated version of my abstract in my local country language. There are some concepts / names / acronyms that are also in my country language mostly used in english, for instance,...
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What language is "Solutio problematis ad geometriam situs pertinentis" written in? [closed]

The article by Euler titled "Solutio problematis ad geometriam situs pertinentis"(The Seven Bridges of Königsberg) is considered as the first work in both Topology and Graph Theory. However, ...
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What is the correct tone and language to use during peer review?

Our paper has gone through peer review and is now back to us. As I was collecting the different responses to the reviewers comments, I noticed a pattern from some of my co-authors, which was to thank ...
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If a theorem is named after Mike, is it a "Mike Theorem" or "Mike's Theorem"?

While learning mathematics, I found "Hilbert spaces", "Vieta's Formulas", and "Cauchy Equation." My question is what is the rule for using "Mike's Theorem" and &...
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What are the correct English tenses in a manuscript?

The following examples are representative situations in scientific writing. I hope to understand whether there are any preferred or correct tenses, and whether there are grammatical reasons and ...
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Expired links to open access resources on the sites of the Linguistic Society of America and CiNii

A comment on Japanese SE from a user who has since deleted their account seems to contain some potentially helpful information to me, so I am trying to find the articles suggested by that commenter. ...
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Can I apply for a Ph.D. position with TOEFL iBT score 86 with writing score 23 while the university want total score 90 with writing 21?

I am going to apply to a university in New Zealand where the university language requirement is the thing that I mentioned in the question. There are other language tests, but I took TOEFL iBT. I have ...
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No quotation marks/citation needed for common expressions/language or for using texts as a model?

This might be a stupid question, but I am asking as a non-native English speaker. Given that we all (even native speakers) will get our English expressions from somewhere, I am wondering when a ...
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How should I refer to the presence of racial slurs in data presented at a conference talk?

I am preparing a presentation for a mathematical modeling conference soon, involving online discourse which contains racist and other slurs as one of the prominent features under study. The specific ...
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Naming a Lemma In Math Thesis

In my pure math thesis I have an important lemma and I want to name it. The statement is quite technical so I will omit quite a lot of details. I want to call this lemma “the adding lemma”. My ...
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What if a student doesn't understand a question because of differences in dialect?

Let's say that at a British university, there is a chemistry exam. The exam describes a person performing a chemistry experiment. This person leaves the experiment sitting there for a fortnight. After ...
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How useful is a third language for a Engineering scientific/academic career?

I am a PhD candidate in Teleinformatics Engineering and, during my academic career, I was required to learn English in order to write articles, communicate with partners around the world, read books, ...
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How can I deal with a professor with very weird English?

I have recently enrolled in an elective course from our degree program. There is something that sometimes annoys me, namely the English used by the professor. He is not a native English speaker, but ...
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Why do Western universities seem to have trouble with Chinese names? [closed]

I've seen this happen enough times to start wondering. For example, take the name "Ting Chao Chung", a Chinese-American Nobel laureate. Ting (丁) is the last name, and "Chao Chung" (...
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Does thesis or publication in a foreign language hinder the prospect of it?

Background: I'm a undergraduate student who is planning on going out to Canada to do my master’s. Since I'll be applying to universities there I'm stuck thinking if writing my research thesis in ...
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How does doing PhD studies with an interpreter work?

From this article: According to Jiupai News, Wei also turned down an offer from Harvard to study as a PhD candidate, even though the school promised to waive his English competency test and provide ...
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How does speaking multiple languages fluently help you when trying to find an academic job in the USA, Canada, the UK and Europe?

This is a broad question. However, I think there's more to it than meets the eye. Yes, I do speak multiple languages fluently due to my studies, but I never thought much about it until now. In America,...
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Could I work at a university in a Spanish-speaking country if I'm not fluent in Spanish? (Rhetoric & Writing / English)

I'm working on my PhD in Rhetoric & Writing (Dept of English) in the US. I am also a writer with enough qualifications to teach creative writing at a US university. I speak enough Spanish to get ...
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How do I read papers relevant to my research that are written in a language I do not know? [duplicate]

While looking for literature relevant to my research topic, I came across a number of papers in Russian. Russian is Greek to me. What should I do? Is there an online platform that may help me? What ...
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Can I mix & match languages, as it were?

Even though most of my papers are in German, not in English, there is always quite a lot of material and references in English, too. (My target audience is expected to speak it somewhat fluently, too.)...
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Can scientific research be accepted with grammatical errors?

I am an Arab, and I am not fluent in English, not even my mother tongue, and I am sure that my scientific research will have many serious linguistic errors. Can the magazine accept the research or ask ...
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How does Erasmus Programme work when the language of education is different?

How does an exchange student go to another country for a year when the language of education is different? Doesn't the exchange student attend any lecture or course during the visit? Except for ...
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How to respond to "unfair to write English" comments?

I teach mathematics and computing; for example, our department's discrete mathematics course. As is customary for that course, it's used as the first foray into formal mathematics, including a heavy ...
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Internship in Data Science in Germany [closed]

I am a 16 year old who is currently at an intermediate German level. I also have previous experience on working with data science - specifically, Bayesian statistics. I would like to do a summer ...
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First Language for the Application

I was applying for an academic research program and they wanted to know about my first language. I am confused about my first language because from childhood on, I used to speak English because ...
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How to learn the language writing requirements for a specific Journal before submitting a paper for reviewing [duplicate]

Recently I received this comment from an Elsevier editor "The manuscript does not reach the required quality standard of this journal.". Since then have been found some answers but also ...
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Has anyone had any experience with Editsprings? [closed]

I received the following email from a company called Editsprings: Dear Prof./Dr. XXX, It is our great honor to write you this email. Here is an invitation about working as a part-time editor from ...
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Does convoluted use of language negatively impact a work reviewed by a committee? [duplicate]

This question is a reformulation of a previous one that I deleted. I'll try to be more specific. I'm a student in the field of International Relations, a sub branch of the Political Sciences. Reading ...
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Is there any country that does not use English for publishing?

In my country, all the literature and medium of instruction, pertaining to research, is in English only. Due to less proficiency of earlier generations in English and several other linguistic reasons, ...
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Do undergrads need an Italian language certification to get into a master's program in Italy?

For international students, do applicants need to demonstrate Italian skills for most Master's programs (except of course the ones taught in English) in Italian universities?
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German linguistic requirements for an assistant professor (Juniorprofessur) in Germany [duplicate]

Officially, proficiency in the German language is not required for assistant professor positions. However, it is clear that the assistant professor is supposed to teach bachelor students (most ...
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Should I ask my professor giving a lecture to switch languages?

I am an international student in a German university. I have participated in an online seminar (in English),in which lecture notes are given. There are lectures in my university discussing the notes ...
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How should I style my German doctoral title in English documents?

I hold a Dr. rer. nat. title from the computer science institute at a German university. I am now writing a job application that I will send to a German organization, but since it has many ...
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Does it make sense to translate my bachelor's thesis?

I'm currently applying to several PhD programs in the STEM sector in Europe. Some universities invite me to submit my bachelor's thesis as an optional document for my application. I would like to do ...
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How to ensure adequate dissemination and wording of an academic job offer when the teaching language will not be English?

I work in an university where the teaching language is not English, but where research can be carried out in the language of choice of the director (which is generally English since most graduate ...
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Is it appropriate to reject a manuscript based on language (minor) issues after first review?

After 2nd round of review (R1) for almost 2 months, I received a sharp rejection letter for my manuscript (in biology) submitted in a certain journal for language-use concerns and formatting issues. ...
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In what language do scientists communicate with each other in European research institutions?

I was just wondering out of curiosity. Nothing relating to my own circumstances. In what language do scientists in facilities like the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (whose campuses are there ...
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Is there a more gender-neutral and specific term for "Underclassman"?

Yale has changed their language, but I don't see a clear alternative here. At this point, I think referring to students by their specific class years ( "First-Years and Sophomores" vs. "...
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How do conferences work for deaf scientists?

Watching various COVID-related briefings, I notice there is always a sign language interpreter. This is clearly necessary, yet thinking about all the conferences I've attended in the past, literally ...
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How to quote sources in multiple languages in a list of references with APA (and MLA)

The APA Manual of Style covers in detail the issues associated with translating references into other languages. However, it fails to give any answer to my question (just as any resources I have been ...
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Would language difficulties be considered a valid excuse for a poor masters performance when applying for a PhD?

I recently completed a masters in a foreign country. I didn't know the language until the summer directly before, and foolishly thought that taking courses in a different language would be an ...
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Scanned detailed comments for a paper review

Sometimes I find my self reviewing papers with authors who are not very capable English writers. I am a non-native speaker myself, and I know how difficult it can be to proof-read a paper in English, ...
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What do people do after doing a Ph.D. in ESL/TESOL/TEFL?

A lot of universities are providing Ph.D. in English language teaching: 1. York University, UK 2. University of Cyprus, Cyprus 3. NYU, USA 4. University of British Columbia, Canada 5. ... ... ... ...
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Using "standard" literature in local language instead of English literature

I'm currently working on a paper where I want to compare UML with a "leaner" approach of modelling software architecture. UML already has some coverage by writers (besides the open specification), and ...
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Is there benefit to publishing the abstract of an English article in multiple languages?

I noted from a previous paper I worked on, that when it was published an abstract was included in Spanish as well as English (https://bjssjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/bjs.11422 and ...
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Can I write the language specific summary of my thesis in dialect?

My mother tongue is Dutch and I'm writing my thesis in English. I am required to write a summary both in English and my own language, Dutch. Would it be ok to write the Dutch summary in a dialect? ...
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Should I write a bilingual email to a professor who can't speak German very well?

Should I write a bilingual email to a professor who can't speak German very well? That's basically the question. I don't know if this is the right thing to do, because it could mean that I ...
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Using an abbreviation of another language in the abstract

I'm writing the abstract of my bachelor’s thesis and need to refer to a German research project. The abbreviation of it refers to a German spelling – so I can’t write it out. The English translation ...
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