Linguistics

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:
  • 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)?
Linguists often interact with anthropologists and psychologists, as the study of languages is closely related to the study of cultures and human behavior.



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