What is linguistics?

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Linguistics is the study of the human ability to produce and interpret language in speaking, writing and signing (for the deaf). All languages and all varieties of every language constitute potential data for linguistic research, as do the relationships between them and the relations and structures of their components. A linguist is someone who studies and describes the structure and composition of language and/or languages in a methodical and rigorous manner.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Linguistics
EditorsKeith Allan
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780415832571
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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