external image P7163300.JPGLinguistics is the scientific study of human language.[1][2][3][4] Linguistics can be broadly broken into three categories or subfields of study: language form, language meaning, and language in context.”[5]


“Although linguistics is the scientific study of language, a number of other intellectual disciplines are relevant to language and intersect with it. Semiotics, for example, is the general study of signs and symbols both within language and without. Literary theorists study the use of language in literature. Linguistics additionally draws on and informs work from such diverse fields as acoustics, anthropology, biology, computer science, human anatomy, informatics, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology,sociology, and speech-language pathology.”[5]

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Universals

To help with definitions, their meanings and intents, there is the learning resource theory of definition.
Def. evidence that demonstrates that a concept is possible is called proof of concept.
The proof-of-concept structure consists of
  1. background,
  2. procedures,
  3. findings, and
  4. interpretation.[6]
The findings demonstrate a statistically systematic change from the status quo or the control group.
“Linguistics concerns itself with describing and explaining the nature of human language. Fundamental questions include what is universal to language, how language can vary, and how human beings come to know languages. Linguistic fields can then be broadly divided into those that distinguish themselves by a focus on linguistic structure and grammar, and those that distinguish themselves by the nonlinguistic factors they consider.”[5]

Terminology

“Before the 20th century, the term philology, first attested in 1716,[7] was commonly used to refer to the science of language, which was then predominantly historical in focus.[8] Since Ferdinand de Saussure's insistence on the importance of synchronic analysis, however, this focus has shifted[8] and the term "philology" is now generally used for the "study of a language's grammar, history, and literary tradition", especially in the United States,[9] where it was never as popular as it was elsewhere (in the sense of the "science of language").[7][5]
“[T]he term "linguistics" is first attested in 1847.[10] It is now the usual academic term in English for the scientific study of language.”[5]

Philology

"Philology is the study of language in written historical sources; it is a combination of literary studies, history and linguistics.[11]"[12]

Language

"Language may refer either to the specifically human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication, or to a specific instance of such a system of complex communication."[13]

Languages

"The approximately 3,000–6,000 languages that are spoken by humans today are the most salient examples, but natural languages can also be based on visual rather than auditory stimuli, for example in sign languages and written language. Codes and other kinds of artificially constructed communication systems such as those used for computer programming can also be called languages. A language in this sense is a system of signs for encoding and decoding information."[13]

Lexicology

Def. "[t]he part of linguistics that studies words, their nature and meaning, words' elements, relations between words including semantic relations, words groups and the whole lexicon"[14] is called lexicology.
"Lexicology is the part of linguistics which studies words, their nature and meaning, words' elements, relations between words (semantical relations), word groups and the whole lexicon."

Lexicography

Def.
  1. "[t]he art or craft of compiling, writing and editing dictionaries [or]
  2. [t]he scholarly discipline of analyzing and describing the semantic, syntagmatic and paradigmatic relationships within the lexicon (vocabulary) of a language and developing theories of dictionary components and structures linking the data in dictionaries"[15]
is called lexicography.

Grammar

Def.
  1. "[a] system of rules and principles for speaking and writing a language
  2. [t]he study of the internal structure of words (morphology) and the use of words in the construction of phrases and sentences (syntax)
  3. [a] book describing the rules of grammar of a language
  4. [a] formal system [in computing theory] specifying the syntax of a language
  5. [a] formal system [in computing theory] defining a formal language
  6. [t]he basic rules or principles of a field of knowledge or a particular skill"[16]
is called a grammar.

Semantics

Def.
1. "the study of meanings:"1.a: "the historical and psychological study and the classification of changes in the signification of words or forms viewed as factors in linguistic development",1.b: "a branch of semiotic dealing with the relations between signs and what they refer to and including theories of denotation, extension, naming, and truth"2.a: "the meaning or relationship of meanings of a sign or set of signs; [especially]: connotative meaning"2.b: "the exploitation of connotation and ambiguity (as in propaganda)"
is called semantics.[17]
Def. "the branch of linguistics devoted to the investigation of linguistic meaning, the interpretation of expression in a language system."[18] is called semantics.

Syntactics

Def. "the formal relations between signs or expressions in abstraction from their signification and their interpreters" is called syntactics.[17]

See also


References[edit]

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  3. Michael A. K. Halliday, Jonathan Webster (2006). On Language and Linguistics. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. vii. ISBN 0-8264-8824-2.
  4. Joseph Greenberg (1948). "Linguistics and ethnology". Southwestern Journal of Anthropology 4: 140–7.
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  9. A. Morpurgo Davies Hist. Linguistics (1998) 4 I. 22.
  10. Online Etymological Dictionary: linguist
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