What is Linguistics?

Linguistics is the systematic study of language, a complex human behaviour.

How do we produce and comprehend language?
How is language acquired?
What do the languages of the world have in common?
How does language vary in different social contexts?

These are some of the questions investigated in linguistics courses.

Linguistics is relevant to a wide range of fields, including:

  • Speech-language pathology
  • Audiology
  • Cognitive science
  • Education
  • Language revitalization
  • Communications
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Speech synthesis
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy