As a linguistics major, I cannot express how many times I’ve said “Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Which, if you think about it, is actually the scientific study of what makes us human, what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Our ability to communicate abstractly and complexly has been a great advantage.”
I began university my freshman year with literally no idea what I’d major in. I knew some topics that I enjoyed – communication, psychology, ecology – but I didn’t feel a passion that I felt could carry me through life. I took a few interesting intro-level classes, and LING101 opened my mind to an entire subject matter that I’d completely taken for granted before.
Language is awesome. The fact that human beings can communicate with sound and other animals can’t… well that is a whole other situation on its own. The process that…
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