Template talk:cognate

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What's the use of including {{etyl|lang|-}} in the first place when mentioning cognates? I've never been clear on this. --Tropylium (talk) 23:37, 3 January 2016 (UTC)

It provides a link to the corresponding Wikipedia article, and if the language name is changed all uses won't have to be changed by hand or by a bot. DTLHS (talk) 23:38, 3 January 2016 (UTC)
I can tell what it does, but what about this practice is specific to etymologies? Your second argument makes some sense (though I doubt we're changing what we call Russian or Arabic or etc. any time soon), but it would seem to extend to all mentions of terms in other languages just as well. --Tropylium (talk) 23:56, 3 January 2016 (UTC)
It isn't really specific to etymologies, it's just that by convention we mention the name of the language before a word in a different language in the etymology section, and link to its Wikipedia article. For some reason we don't similarly link language names in translation sections, although I'm not sure why. Benwing2 (talk) 00:17, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
Nothing is specific to etymologies- we should be using templates everywhere language names are used. DTLHS (talk) 04:31, 4 January 2016 (UTC)

Would it be useful to include IPA transcription in place of (or in addition to) the existing tr transliteration field? For example:

I am not familiar with the Hittite transliteration and not sure how to read it, but I do know IPA and think it is a more common skill. ~ Boro-Bargas (talk) 22:42, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

You can use the "ts" parameter for transcription. DTLHS (talk) 22:45, 14 September 2018 (UTC)