An Introduction to Linguistics. What is linguistics? Definition of language The structure of language Linguistics and related disciplines. Introduction to linguistics.
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Linguistics is the scientific discipline with the goal of describing language and speech in all relevant theoretical and practical aspects and their relation to adjoining desciplines (Bussman, 1998:693).
In another word, linguitics deals with human language as a sign system.
Language must be systematic, for otherwise it could not be learned or used consistently.
Language contains two systems; they are sound and meaning.
“we saw the bank”
*we saw the nbka.
*we the bank saw.