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What is Linguistics?

Undergraduate students at Admit Day

Undergraduate students at Admit Day

Linguistics concerns itself with the fundamental questions of what language is and how it is related to the other human faculties.  In answering these questions, linguists consider language as a cultural, social, and psychological phenomenon and seek to determine what is unique in languages, what is universal, how language is acquired, and how it changes.  Linguistics is, therefore, one of the cognitive sciences; it provides a link between the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education and hearing and speech sciences.

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