Articles in the Linguistics Category
Definition of linguistics?
Human language has been a topic of study for a long time. But the study of language in a scientific way is quite a new discipline. Started by de Saussure, linguistics can be defined as “the scientific study of language.” By scientific, it is meant studying language in the same way a chemist or a physicist studies chemistry or physics. That is without prejudices, observing, hypothesizing, testing hypotheses and refining results according to evidence collected.
Diachronic versus synchronic linguistics
Many distinctions have been identified in linguistics. Ferdinand De Saussure, for …
Definition of language
Simply put, language is a set of signals used to communicate. Humans are not the only species that are endowed with the ability to communicate. Animals, too, have a well-defined system of communication. Bees communicate about place food or the sitting of hives; dolphins click and whistle to communicate; chimpanzees shout to communicate about danger. However, no other species show a capacity to use language as creatively as humans. People are able to produce an infinite number of sentences or utterances that they have never encountered before. In …