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    • Linguistics The Study of Language By Lorelei Logsdon Image from politicalhumor.about.com
    • What is “Language”?
      • a language is made up of sounds and/or symbols with agreed-upon meanings and is used as a means of communication (both verbal and non-verbal) amongst a group of people.
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    • Language Fun Fact
      • Did you know the reason we’re taught not to end sentences with prepositions is because an 18th-century English clergyman published a grammar book in which he arbitrarily decided to base English grammar rules on Latin ?
      Well, I’ll be!
    • Common Misconceptions
      • “ A linguist is someone who just knows lots of languages.”
      • “ A linguist is someone who just knows lots of big words.”
      Image from newscientist.com Image from joehageonline.com
    • So then which of these does a linguist do?
        • Studies lots of different languages
        • Studies how children learn language
        • Studies conversations
        • Studies speech sounds
        • Studies language structure
        • YES, all of the above, and much more!
    • Language Fun Fact
      • Did you know that sandwiches got their name from the fourth Earl of Sandwich , who wrapped bread around the meat so it wouldn’t drip grease on his playing cards?
      Image from dvo.com
    • The field of Linguistics has many subfields
      • Anthropological linguistics
      • Applied linguistics
      • Cognitive science
      • Computational linguistics
      • Corpus linguistics
      • Discourse Analysis
      • Ecolinguistics
      • Forensic Linguistics
      • Historical linguistics
      • Lexicography
      • Linguistics and Literature
      • Morphology
      • Neurolinguistics
      • Philosophy of Language
      • Phonetics
      • Pragmatics
      • Psycholinguistics
      • Semantics
      • Semiotics
      • Sociolinguistics
      • Syntax
      • Typology
      • Writing Systems
      • Xenolinguistics
      The study of languages originating from alien species!
    • Why study Linguistics?
      • Because l anguage is fascinating!
    • Language Fun Fact
      • The same /k/ sound is produced in a different place in the mouth depending on what sounds will be coming after it (“eep" vs. “ool")
      Image from www.solec.org Even our tongues are lazy! ------ efficient!
    • Direct or Indirect?
      • Why do men say, " Open the window ," but women say, " Boy, it sure would be nice if we could get a breeze in here "?
      Gender Differences in Language Image from ac-nancy-metz.fr
    • Jobs Available to Linguists
      • Some examples…
      • Teaching English as a second language (TESL)
      • Research jobs with companies such as Microsoft, Apple or IBM
      • Government jobs with the FBI or CIA
      • Teaching at a community college or university
      • Field work documenting language in a foreign country
      • Or use your linguistic skills in the fields of anthropology, law, library science, psychology, or sociology.
    • Language Fun Fact
      • Did you know that "nice" used to mean "ignorant" thousands of years ago?
      • Meanings assigned to words in any language are completely arbitrary. We've all simply agreed upon the meanings we give to words.
    • Future of Linguistics
      • What will texting do to our ability to write? “OMG! I'm omw, will u b there 2? TTFN!”
      • Email, texting and instant messaging are replacing older forms of communication. What will the consequences be?
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    • Future of Linguistics
      • How can we help bridge the cultural gap between employees working together from different parts of the world?
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    • Want More?
      • Linguistic Society of America http:// www.lsadc.org /
      • Do you speak American? http:// www.pbs.org /speak /
      • Language Links http:// linguistlist.org/sp/LangAnalysis.html