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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
1850-55; see linguistic, -ics Unabridged
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  • linguistics experts believe that endangered languages around the world are slipping out of our heritage at the rate of one a day.
  • Out with every theory of human behavior, from linguistics to sociology.
  • It's got the tie-in to hobo language, which is really cool from a linguistics point of view.
  • There, five people with doctorates in linguistics dream up excuses for folks to repeat before suddenly dropping a date gone sour.
  • The linguist wants them to see how wordplay and humor can be enriched by the study of linguistics.
  • Tags: artificial intelligence, cognition, linguistics.
  • The bigger problem might be the linguistics level of your students.
  • Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics.
  • Those include geography, linguistics, and operations research.
  • She signed up for a high school linguistics course, was shunted off to creative writing instead and stayed.
British Dictionary definitions for linguistics


(functioning as sing) the scientific study of language See also historical linguistics, descriptive linguistics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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