linguistics

[ 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.

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Origin of linguistics

First recorded in 1850–55; see origin at linguistic, -ics
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linguistics
/ (lɪŋˈɡwɪstɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the scientific study of languageSee also historical linguistics, descriptive linguistics
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