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 »
Puzzle of the DayWhich of these Spanish words do not mean what they seem like they would?
asistir, decepción, derelicto, excentricidad, inconsecuente, manuscrito, sopa, tradicional, urgente
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Asistir means to attend, not to assist. Decepción means disappointment, not deception. Inconsecuente means contradictory, not inconsequential. Sopa means soup, not soap. Words that look similar in different languages are called cognates, and can help you to understand and learn foreign languages. However, some words, like those listed above, are false cognates; they may look like words you know, but they either come from a different root that looks deceptively similar, or come from the same root but have developed differently, and they can trick you into making comprehension mistakes in foreign languages.