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by Walt Wolfram
by Morris HalleIdentifying WordsWhen we speak we say words and when spoken to we hear words. In normal discourse, however, we do not separate---the---words---by---short---pauses, but rather run one word into the next. Yet in spite of this we still hear utterances as composed of discrete words. Why should that be so?
Linguistics is the science of language, and linguists are scientists who apply the scientific method to questions about the nature and function of language.
To study linguistics is to gain a greater understanding of a fundamental part of what it means to be human. Linguistics is a scientific field and an academic discipline that has both theoretical and practical applications.
by Frederick J. Newmeyer
by Edward Finegan