Linguistics is the study of human languages. Areas of study within linguistics include: syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology, phonetics, and historical linguistics. Examples of questions linguists and psycholinguists try and resolve are:|
Linguists often interact with anthropologists and psychologists, as the study of languages is closely related to the study of cultures and human behavior.
- How do humans produce and comprehend language?
- How is human linguistic knowledge represented in the brain?
- Are our linguistic abilities specific to our species? I.E., can animals learn languages?
- How have languages developed through time? What are their origins? How do different languages affect each other when they come in contact?
- What properties are seen in all human languages (linguistic universals)?
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