I think the title says it all, but let me elaborate.

I would like to ask which languages have been known at certain time. Maybe one could elaborate the question by focusing on a special region or place, even if that wouldn't be may primary goal. Of course by known at a certain time I will mean that we have historical proofs of that and that a large amount of the population would speak/use them.

But are questions on "the history languages or language development/derivation" on-topic?

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I would say they are.

There are a couple of caveats though:

  1. There is another stack for linguistics. Depending on what you are asking, you might have better luck asking there.
  2. This stack doesn't like vague questions and is very quick to close. For example, a question based of the first sentence of your second paragraph would be almost hopeless. Every language is known to someone, two people actually, or its not much of a language.
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    1. I've seen it and might have forgotten it. 2. I know this by experience ;) and hope to find a good formulation!
    – Medi1Saif
    Apr 25, 2016 at 13:48
  • Can I ask this question "again" on linguistics meta or will that be considered as cross posting?
    – Medi1Saif
    Apr 26, 2016 at 6:49
  • T.E.D., FYI they're not to be called "stacks" anymore. SE was never behind that slang in the first place, and now they're pushing for them to be called "sites" exclusively. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/210961/… May 1, 2016 at 4:44

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