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.
Questions about an individual language are off-topic.
Questions about learning an individual language are on-topic.
I don't see why not. Stack Overflow allows questions on specific programming languages alongside general questions. The balance on LL is likely to lean more towards general questions, but that shouldn't invalidate perfectly on topic questions with more specific scope.
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.
I think questions specific to learning particular languages should be on-topic, because techniques are likely to vary between languages and language groups - the important thing is to make sure such questions are properly tagged to make the site easy to navigate...
We don't want questions that are "specific" to a single language.
On the other hand, we want questions about concepts in language learning. If there were a question about a broad concept, and you used a specific example in a particular language, that would be acceptable.