What is Linguistics - Introduction to Linguistics What is...

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Introduction to Linguistics What is Linguistics? Linguistics is the scientific study of language, concerned with questions like: • How do languages work? Are there rules? • What are rules? • What do we know when we know a language? • What’s the range of possible human languages? • How do people use language? • Are there conventions about that? Linguistics is …. . Lingui stics is the scientiFc study of human language. It tries: • Frst, to observe languages and to describe them accurately, • then, to Fnd generalizations within what has been described, • Fnally, to draw conclusions about the general nature of human language . Applied linguistics attempts to make practical use of the knowledge derived from general linguistic research in order, for example, to: • improve the ways in which a student’s native language is taught • help people learn foreign language more efficiently • write better dictionaries • improve therapy for people with language problems • search the Internet more efficiently and successfully
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Linguistics overlaps and (ideally) cooperates with: psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, logic, mathematics, computer science, speech pathology, acoustics, music, cryptanalysis, etc. Speech vs. Writing
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