What are linguistics?

  • (noun): The humanistic study of language and literature.
    Synonyms: philology
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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 Panini around 500 BCE, with his analysis of Sanskrit in Ashtadhyayi.

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Structural Linguistics - History
... Structural linguistics begins with the posthumous publication of Ferdinand de Saussure's Course in General Linguistics in 1916, which was compiled from lectures by his students ... proved to be highly influential, providing the foundation for both modern linguistics and semiotics ... After Saussure, the history of structural linguistics branches off in two directions ...
Lise Menn - Professional History
... After changing fields, she earned a master's and doctorate in linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975–6 ... year with Eran Zaidel at UCLA, before being appointed associate professor of linguistics at the University of Colorado in 1986 ... She has been a member of the governing committees of the Academy of Aphasia, the Linguistic Society of America, and the Linguistics and Language Sciences section of the American Association for the ...
Language Assessment - Courses
... and doctoral programs, particularly in the subjects of applied linguistics, English for Speakers of Other Languages, English as a second or foreign language, or educational ... These programs are known as MA or PhD programs in Applied Linguistics, Educational Linguistics, TESOL, TEFL, or TESL ...
Structural Linguistics
... Structural linguistics is an approach to linguistics originating from the work of Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure ... De Saussure's Course in General Linguistics, published posthumously in 1916, stressed examining language as a static system of interconnected units ... He is thus known as a father of modern linguistics for bringing about the shift from diachronic to synchronic analysis, as well as for introducing several basic ...
Linguistics - Speech and Writing
... For research that relies on corpus linguistics and computational linguistics, written language is often much more convenient for processing large amounts of linguistic data ... in various formats of computer-mediated communication as a viable site for linguistic inquiry ... The study of writing systems themselves is, in any case, considered a branch of linguistics ...

More definitions of "linguistics":

  • (noun): The scientific study of language.