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[ ling-gwis-tiks ]


, (used with a singular verb)
  1. the science of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and historical linguistics.


/ lɪŋˈɡwɪstɪks /


  1. functioning as singular the scientific study of language See also historical linguistics descriptive linguistics
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Word History and Origins

Origin of linguistics1

First recorded in 1850–55; linguistic, -ics
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Example Sentences

Over the past decade, emojis have become an integral part of the way we communicate and have attracted attention from scholars in subjects ranging from linguistics to psychology.

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“All derivational morphology tends to be irregular and somewhat unpredictable, although there are certain rules,” said Frank Nuessel, a linguistics professor at the University of Louisville and an expert in onomastics, the study of proper names.

One could present a case for or against using that descriptor and assign your freshman linguistics class a paper adjudicating it.

These AI systems focused on linguistics use a number of different technologies to understand written and spoken interactions with humans.

Rather than studying linguistics, these NLP algorithms learn through a vast corpus of text, arranged in words, short phrases, sentences, and paragraphs.

I realized that this guy, who is on the left edge of politics, has this career in linguistics.

The fate of linguistics, therefore, turned on a simple twist of chance.

In linguistics, scholars discuss written- versus spoken-language paradigms.

But the ambition announced in these pages is not limited to questions of linguistics or anthropology.

The court held—I think quite sensibly—that the issue turned on substance rather than linguistics.

It becomes the end with linguistics the means, and this is the true relation between them.

Our needs lie in the direction of the natural sciences rather than in the direction of history and linguistics.

“Phonetic laws” make up a large and fundamental share of the subject-matter of linguistics.

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

Knowing of Bayne's hobby for linguistics, the oculist jocularly turned these archaic curios over to him.


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