While most language concepts are language independent, some are language specific. Should we allow language specific questions?
Our site is "Language Learning", it's about the learning a language, so if language specific questions are about learning the language, it would be on-topic.
Questions shouldn't be about the language's spelling/syntax/semantics/etc., they should be about learning it.
Some examples of off-topic questions (feel free to edit more in):
- What does <insert quote from a book> mean?
- What is the origin of <insert idom here>?
- When do you pronounce <insert letter here> in <insert language here>
That said, questions which apply to the process of learning a specific language, should somehow apply to a broader range of "similar" language. I'm not saying that all questions falling under this should be left open, if it has some other flaw such as being primarily-opinion based, it should be closed.
You're asking the wrong question.
The test for whether a question is on-topic here is not whether it is about a specific language or not.
The test is whether or not it is about the practices of language learning.
"What is a liaison in French?" is about a specific language, and it's off-topic, because it's not about how to learn a language.
"How can I effectively memorize the exceptional cases for when to use a liaison in French?" is about a specific language, but it would be on-topic, because it is about the techniques of language learning.
I don't see why they need to be off-topic.
The process of learning a new language is highly language-specific. For example, the problems one encounters while learning "Hindi" is completely different from the ones while learning "French".
So, please don't consider them off-topic. It might cripple people who are facing a language-specific learning problem, whose posts might in fact, help other learners.