linguistics [ling-gwis-tiks] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for linguistics on noun (used with a singular verb)

  1. the science of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and historical linguistics.

Origin of linguistics First recorded in 1850–55; see origin at linguistic, -ics Related Words for linguistics alphabet, syntax, stratification, structure, linguistics, elements, principles, accidence, morphology, tagmemics Examples from the Web for linguistics Contemporary Examples of linguistics

  • The fate of linguistics, therefore, turned on a simple twist of chance.

    What Is Michel Gondry Doing With Noam Chomsky?

    Jimmy So

    November 20, 2013

  • I realized that this guy, who is on the left edge of politics, has this career in linguistics.

    What Is Michel Gondry Doing With Noam Chomsky?

    Jimmy So

    November 20, 2013

  • In linguistics, scholars discuss written- versus spoken-language paradigms.

    Ben Yagoda: How I Not Write Bad

    Noah Charney

    February 13, 2013

  • But the ambition announced in these pages is not limited to questions of linguistics or anthropology.

    Derrida’s ‘Of Grammatology’ and the Birth of Deconstruction

    Benoît Peeters

    December 21, 2012

  • The court held—I think quite sensibly—that the issue turned on substance rather than linguistics.

    The Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare: 16 Experts Weigh in

    Matthew DeLuca

    June 28, 2012

  • Historical Examples of linguistics

  • All such efforts are inconsistent with correct methods in linguistics.

    The Maya Chronicles


  • Had not a “universal religion” better let linguistics alone?

    Bahaism and Its Claims

    Samuel Graham Wilson

  • A further proof of the antiquity of the migrations is afforded by linguistics.

    Man, Past and Present

    Agustus Henry Keane

  • Its scope was not restricted to the study of meteors, for it accepted papers on ethnology, linguistics, etc.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

  • The labors of the two brothers, too numerous to cite here, concerned also ethnography and linguistics.

    Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly,


  • British Dictionary definitions for linguistics linguistics noun

    1. (functioning as singular) the scientific study of languageSee also historical linguistics, descriptive linguistics

    Word Origin and History for linguistics n.

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

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