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linguistics

[ling-gwis-tiks] /lɪŋˈgwɪs tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the science of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and historical linguistics.
Origin of linguistics
1850-1855
1850-55; see linguistic, -ics
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linguistics

/lɪŋˈɡwɪstɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the scientific study of language See also historical linguistics, descriptive linguistics
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n.

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

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