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Linguistics is the study of human language and its structure, meaning and context. In linguistics, structure means grammar, the collection of rules that govern the composition of words, phrases, sentences and sounds. Meaning refers to the interpretation of language and expression. Context refers to the origins, history and evolution of language, as well as its social implications and neurological processing. There are at least 5000 languages currently being spoken globally, and linguists have found that there are more similarities than differences among these languages. It has been proposed that all languages share universal principles, called Universal Grammar.

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  1. This series provides brief, clear introductions to the main disciplinary areas of language study. This book outlines second language acquisition, the study of the way in which people learn a language other than their mother tongue. It is designed to…
  2. Cognitive Linguistics argues that language is governed by general cognitive principles, rather than by a special-purpose language module. This introductory textbook surveys the field of cognitive linguistics as a distinct area of study, presenting…
  3. Preparing words in speech production is normally a fast and accurate process. We generate them two or three per second in fluent conversation; and overtly naming a clear picture of an object can easily be initiated within 600 msec after picture…

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