Definition of linguistics in US English:

linguistics

plural noun

  • treated as singular The scientific study of language and its structure, including the study of morphology, syntax, phonetics, and semantics. Specific branches of linguistics include sociolinguistics, dialectology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, historical-comparative linguistics, and applied linguistics.

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

Pronunciation

linguistics

/liNGˈɡwistiks//lɪŋˈɡwɪstɪks/