plural noun[treated as singular]
The scientific study of language and its structure, including the study of grammar, syntax, and phonetics. Specific branches of linguistics include sociolinguistics, dialectology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, comparative linguistics, and structural linguistics.
- It is concerned with the applications of linguistics and psycholinguistics in first-language education.
- Not all scholars are agreed on the boundaries and relationship between linguistics and sociolinguistics.
- Comparisons between linguistics and fields like history or chemistry give similar results.
- Example sentences
- The well known linguistician has described one aspect of what I am talking about as Linguistic Imperialism.
- New technology is allowing linguisticians to analyse language as never before.
- If objects of higher orders are admitted, the need for metamathematics disappears and the mathematician need no longer be portrayed as a part-time linguistician.
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