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[ling-gwis-tiks] /lɪŋˈgwɪs tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the science of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and historical linguistics.
Origin of linguistics
First recorded in 1850-55; See origin at linguistic, -ics Unabridged
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  • All such efforts are inconsistent with correct methods in linguistics.

  • Had not a "universal religion" better let linguistics alone?

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • A further proof of the antiquity of the migrations is afforded by linguistics.

    Man, Past and Present Agustus Henry Keane
  • Its scope was not restricted to the study of meteors, for it accepted papers on ethnology, linguistics, etc.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • The labors of the two brothers, too numerous to cite here, concerned also ethnography and linguistics.

British Dictionary definitions for linguistics


(functioning as sing) the scientific study of language See also historical linguistics, descriptive linguistics
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Word Origin and History for linguistics

"the science of languages," 1847; see linguistic; also see -ics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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