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.

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

Pronunciation

linguistics

/lɪŋˈɡwɪstɪks//liNGˈɡwistiks/