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Definitions for linguistics
lɪŋˈgwɪs tɪkslin·guis·tics

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. linguisticsnoun

    the scientific study of language

  2. linguistics, philologynoun

    the humanistic study of language and literature

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  1. linguisticsnoun

    The scientific study of language.

Wikipedia

  1. Linguistics

    Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. It is called a scientific study because it entails a comprehensive, systematic, objective, and precise analysis of all aspects of language, particularly its nature and structure. Linguistics is concerned with both the cognitive and social aspects of language. It is considered a scientific field as well as an academic discipline; it has been classified as a social science, natural science, cognitive science, or part of the humanities. Traditional areas of linguistic analysis correspond to phenomena found in human linguistic systems, such as syntax (rules governing the structure of sentences); semantics (meaning); morphology (structure of words); phonetics (speech sounds and equivalent gestures in sign languages); phonology (the abstract sound system of a particular language); and pragmatics (how social context contributes to meaning). Subdisciplines such as biolinguistics (the study of the biological variables and evolution of language) and psycholinguistics (the study of psychological factors in human language) bridge many of these divisions.Linguistics encompasses many branches and subfields that span both theoretical and practical applications. Theoretical linguistics (including traditional descriptive linguistics) is concerned with understanding the fundamental nature of language and developing a general theoretical framework for describing it. Applied linguistics seeks to utilise the scientific findings of the study of language for practical purposes, such as developing methods of improving language education and literacy.Linguistic phenomena may be studied through a variety of perspectives: synchronically (describing a language at a specific point of time) or diachronically (through historical development); in monolinguals or multilinguals; children or adults; as they are learned or already acquired; as abstract objects or cognitive structures; through texts or oral elicitation; and through mechanical data collection versus fieldwork.Linguistics is related to philosophy of language, stylistics and rhetorics, semiotics, lexicography, and translation; philology, from which linguistics emerged, is variably described as a related field, a subdiscipline, or to have been superseded altogether.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Linguisticsnoun

    the science of languages, or of the origin, signification, and application of words; glossology

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. linguistique.]

Freebase

  1. Linguistics

    Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Linguistics can be broadly broken into three categories or subfields of study: language form, language meaning, and language in context. The earliest known activities in descriptive linguistics have been attributed to Pāṇini around 500 BCE, with his analysis of Sanskrit in Ashtadhyayi. One subfield of linguistics is the study of language structure, or grammar. This focuses on the system of rules followed by the users of a language. It includes the study of morphology, syntax, and phonology. Phonetics is a related branch of linguistics concerned with the actual properties of speech sounds and nonspeech sounds, and how they are produced and perceived. The study of language meaning is concerned with how languages employ logical structures and real-world references to convey, process, and assign meaning, as well as to manage and resolve ambiguity. This category includes the study of semantics and pragmatics.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Linguistics

    The science of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and historical linguistics. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)

Editors Contribution

  1. linguistics

    The scientific study of language and the intuitive analysis, feeling, knowing and understanding of the context, creation, formation and meaning of language and how language contributes to our personal and collective manifestation.

    Linguistics is the scientific study of language. It involves analysing language form, language meaning, and language in context.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of linguistics in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of linguistics in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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  1. New Yorkers:

    Related : New language discovered in northern Australia The claim – which Frenkel later acknowledged was little more than a theory - was quickly attacked by other communication experts in Australia. University of Queensland linguistics expert Rob Pensalfini told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the theory was an example of cultural cringe and was absolute rubbish. They say New Yorkers have nasal voices because they have to cut through the noise of the traffic, New Yorkers told the ABC. The original one for Australia was we speak in a slurred and closed-lip way to keep the flies out of their mouths.

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