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Linguistics: The Study of Language


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  • 1. Linguistics The Study of Language By Lorelei Logsdon Image from
  • 2. 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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  • 3. 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!
  • 4. Common Misconceptions
    • “ A linguist is someone who just knows lots of languages.”
    • “ A linguist is someone who just knows lots of big words.”
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  • 5. 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!
  • 6. 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?
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  • 7. 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!
  • 8. Why study Linguistics?
    • Because l anguage is fascinating!
  • 9. 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")
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  • 10. 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 "?
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  • 11. 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.
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. 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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  • 14. 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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  • 15. Want More?
    • Linguistic Society of America http:// /
    • Do you speak American? http:// /speak /
    • Language Links http://