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Theoretical linguistics: Core field of linguistics, which attempts to establish the characteristics of the system of language itself by postulating models of linguistic competence common to all humans. [e]

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  • Applied linguistics [r]: The application of linguistic theories to practical issues and problems, such as language learning. [e]
  • First language acquisition [r]: Study of the processes through which humans acquire language, specifically first languages, which studies infants' acquisition of their native language. [e]
  • Historical linguistics [r]: The study of how languages change over time, and linguistic patterns within that change. [e]
  • Linguistic universal [r]: General statement of a pattern across the structures of languages or within a single language, e.g. if the verb precedes the object in a sentence, the language will have prepositions and not postpositions; associated with the work of Joseph H. Greenberg and so sometimes called 'Greenberg universal'. [e]
  • Linguistics [r]: The scientific study of language. [e]
  • Morphology (linguistics) [r]: The study of word structure; the study of such patterns of word-formation across and within languages, and attempts to explicate formal rules reflective of the knowledge of the speakers of those languages. [e]
  • Phonetics [r]: Study of speech sounds and their perception, production, combination, and description. [e]
  • Psycholinguistics [r]: Study of the psychological and neurobiological factors that enable humans to acquire, use, comprehend and produce language. [e]
  • Sociolinguistics [r]: Branch of linguistics concerned with language in social contexts - how people use language, how it varies, how it contributes to users' sense of identity, etc. [e]
  • Syntax (linguistics) [r]: The study of the rules, or 'patterned relations', that govern the way words combine to form phrases and phrases to form sentences. [e]
  • Verb [r]: A word in the structure of written and spoken languages that generally defines action. [e]