Definition of linguistics in English:


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 includes an essay on language and linguistics, which may be supplemented by the treatment of style in Book III of the Rhetoric.’
    • ‘There are interesting ideas contained in the sections on linguistics and sociology.’
    • ‘She studied for a year in Paris, when she studied linguistics at the Sorbonne.’
    • ‘Comparisons between linguistics and fields like history or chemistry give similar results.’
    • ‘Machine translation is at the confluence of linguistics and computer science.’
    • ‘In linguistics, there are presently two main approaches to solving the problems associated with the description of emotions.’
    • ‘In fact, after psychology, linguistics is probably the cognitive discipline par excellence.’
    • ‘I don't know how well I could have understood linguistics without knowing another language.’
    • ‘The notion of specificity in linguistics is notoriously non-specific.’
    • ‘It is concerned with the applications of linguistics and psycholinguistics in first-language education.’
    • ‘His views revolutionized the study of language and inaugurated modern linguistics.’
    • ‘Are there any equations that come out of linguistics that should be included in my hypothetical course?’
    • ‘In linguistics a grammar is a limited set of rules which allows the production an unlimited number of sentences.’
    • ‘All I mean by internet linguistics is the application of linguistics as a subject to this new domain of language experience.’
    • ‘That most if not all human languages are infinite is one of the central observations of modern linguistics.’
    • ‘Considering how small a fraction of the web is devoted to linguistics, that's extraordinary.’
    • ‘I won't comment on the theology of this position, but as linguistics, it's nonsense.’
    • ‘Not all scholars are agreed on the boundaries and relationship between linguistics and sociolinguistics.’
    • ‘Prosody in linguistics refers to the study of intonation, tone, and stress in language.’
    • ‘If I studied linguistics my French professor would be sure to have a stroke.’