from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The study of the nature, structure, and variation of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The scientific study of language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The science of languages, or of the origin, signification, and application of words; glossology.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of languages, or of the origin and history of words; the general and comparative study of human languages and of their elements. Also called comparative philology.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the humanistic study of language and literature
- n. the scientific study of language
Hell, you probably think Chomsky's work in linguistics is rubbish just because he's a frothing loon on any other subject.
As a monolingual American, any chance to strengthen my linguistics is a plus.
‘I’ and ‘we’ are apparently one of the oldest words found in linguistics, so changing these is a hard thing to do.
I understand this view to be more or less orthodox in linguistics these days.
Because linguistics is only indirectly applicable to language teaching, changes in linguistic theory or arguments amongst linguists should not disturb language teachers.
Sorry about another personal example, but sometimes purely intellectual discourse becomes merely an exercise in linguistics and thereby, a souless detachment from reality.
As a journalist with two degrees in linguistics, I enjoy combining my two fields whenever possible and writing about language for the general reader.
Henninger: I think you'd need a Ph.D. in linguistics to figure out what exactly he's saying there.
But again, historical linguistics is not an area of any expertise for me, so maybe the opposing argument is as flimsy as he portrays it.
Additionally, as Gabe discussed recently, these shibboleths distract from the true pleasure of studying language, which is an amazingly rich and fascinatingly complicated system — but instead of being exposed to the excitement of unsolved questions in linguistics, people are instead being drilled on arbitrary and unnecessary rules.