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Linguistics: The new dimensions of language

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We, at Future for Sure believe not only in promoting new courses but also having our students get well equipped with the new course and the subsequent career options for the same.

Linguistics is one such steam. It not only plays a significant role presently, but will also enhance the scope of one’s professional life.

Linguistics aims to understand how the language faculty of the mind works and to describe how language itself works. Linguists observe patterns within a language and across language in order to understand what principles drive our brains’ comprehension and production of language.

There’s a quote by Lynne Murphy that “asking a linguist how many languages s/he speaks is like asking a doctor how many diseases s/he has had”. As linguists, languages (and language) are our objects of study. We learn to look at languages as data and recognize their patterns, just as doctors learn to recognize signs and symptoms of diseases. Whether they have had the disease before or not is irrelevant. Many people come to linguistics from other areas: math, computer science, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, and cognitive science, just to name a few popular related fields.

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Linguistics spans a large number of subfields, dealing with a different part of the language faculty.

Phonetics 

A phonetician might, for example, look at how stress manifests in a language.

In English, the stressed word in a normal sentence is louder and higher pitched: “ANna likes bananas.” If we ask a question though, it’s pronounced with a lower pitch: “ANna likes bananas?”

Phonology

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