Simple Definition of linguistics
: the study of language and of the way languages work
Full Definition of linguistics
: the study of human speech including the units, nature, structure, and modification of language
Did You Know?
Any analysis of language, including 8th-grade grammar, can be called linguistics. As recently as 200 years ago, ordinary grammar was about the only kind of linguistics there was. Today a linguist may be a person who learns foreign languages, but the term usually refers to people who devote themselves to analyzing the structure of language. Many linguists concentrate on the history of a language; others study the way children learn to speak; others analyze the sounds of a language—and still others just study English grammar, a subject so big that you could easily spend your entire life on it.
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Definition of linguistics for Students
: the study of human speech including the nature, structure, and development of language or of a language or group of languages
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