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“Illogical” Language

For a second, exit the realm of language and think about your grade school math days.

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What Is a Language?

As users of a language, native speakers know a lot more than they think they do about it. Look at this example:

*Bill handed the Kim to book.

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Sub-fields of Linguistics

Linguistics as a discipline is split into many parts. Like in any science, there are focuses within the study that represent branchings off of the discipline into sub-fields; all of these sub-fields come together to reveal insights about human language and how it relates to other pieces of the world around us. Here, we’re going to review just a few, to whet your proverbial whistle for linguistics and what we can learn from it.

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