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Language is central, and perhaps unique, to human experience. Interest in its study has existed throughout history. Consequently, questions about language, and particularly the nature of its structure, use and development, have engaged scholars from a wide range of disciplines. Linguistics is the discipline that addressses these and other related questions directly.

Linguistics comprises different areas of specialisation:

  • phonetics (the study of speech sounds)
  • phonology (the study of sound systems)
  • morphology (the study of the internal structure of words)
  • syntax (the study of how words are combined into sentences)
  • semantics (the study of meaning)
  • pragmatics (the study of meaning in relation to the way language is used)
  • socio-linguistics (the study of language in its social context)
  • historical

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