What is Linguistics?Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. A growing and exciting field, it has links to diverse fields including cognitive psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, computer science, artificial intelligence, sociology, language teaching, anthropology, and education. Linguistics is a key component of the emerging field of cognitive science, the study of the structure and functioning of human cognitive processes. Read more »
What can you do with a Linguistics degree?The real answer is “just about anything!” While the majority of graduates in linguistics go on to work in linguistics or a related field (computer science, education, speech pathology, journalism, editing), many also find jobs in areas outside of the field, for example, working in middle management for a large fortune 500 firm, or going to law school. Because linguistics focuses on the analysis of language at many different levels, students completing the program have the ability to think abstractly, along with exceptional analytic skills. Learn More »
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Puzzle of the DayMany people talk about going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. What does “Mardi Gras” mean?
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“Mardi Gras” literally means “Fat Tuesday.” It always falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, when the Catholic season of Lent begins. It’s traditional for New Orleans Catholics to indulge in rich, fatty foods before the period of Lenten fasting. This is an example of cultural and historical linguistics, showing the French and Catholic influences on the city of New Orleans.