10 Interesting facts about Linguistics

For anyone curious or interested to learn more about linguistics, here are 10 interesting facts to get started with.

  • 1. Linguistics is the study of different languages, including the form, meaning, and context.
  • 2. The word linguistics comes from the Latin word lingua, meaning language.  That said, before the 20th century the word philology (language science) was used instead.
  • 3. Areas of research within linguistics include Historical for how languages evolved, Socio to understand social impacts on a language, Developmental for how one learns new languages such as in childhood, and Neuro for learning about how the brain is used for grammar and communication.
  • 4. The first recognized linguistics study was from Panini in India from around 400 BC, whom formulated 3,959 rules of Sanskrit morphology, including consonants, vowels, word classes, nouns, and verbs.
  • 5. The father of linguistics is considered to be Ferdinand de Saussure from Switzerland, with the book Course in General Linguistics, published posthumously in 1916 by a group of his students.
  • 6. Different fields within linguistics include semiotics, language documentation, translation, biolinguistics, clinical linguistics, computational linguistics, ecolinguistics, evolutionary linguistics, and forensic linguistics.
  • 7. Noam Chomsky is known for what’s called the universal grammar theory, where all humans follow a basic set of language patterns but modified for the local environment and culture.
  • 8. Modern linguistic analysis is often done with computers, such as for speech synthesis and speech recognition, and later being used for machine translation, computer assisted translation, and natural language processing.
  • 9. A professional linguist can be a translator, interpreter or teacher.
  • 10. Movies that highlight different aspects of linguistics include The King’s Speech, The Color of Paradise, Do the Right Thing, La Grande Illusion, Star Trek: Undiscovered Country, Snatch and many others.  Basically any movie with an interesting character using a different language structure, think Yoda from Star Wars.

Organize linguistic studies on your own network

Here are a few advantages available with an Odysen solution:

  • Privacy: Create a network just for yourself or share with others, have multiple networks for projects with different people.
  • Preferred language: Select from 34 different languages to use with your networks and content.
  • Easy to organize: Simply add a new folder for each project you’re involved with, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated content from respective parent folders.
  • Sharing content: Within each folder are various applications to share content with.  This could be office files, audio for voice tracks, video, websites, actions for a project, scheduling events and more.

Learn more about how translators can have their own networks, including application examples, the benefits, and other relevant blog articles.

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