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UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION, WINNEBA
DEPARTMENT OF GHANAIAN LANGUAGES (EWE)
WHAT IS LINGUISTICS? TO WHAT EXTENT WILL YOU ARGUE THAT THE STUDY OF LINGUISTICS IS
RELEVANT TO YOU AS A LANGUAGE STUDENT?
MR. ALHASAN ISSAH SAMUEL
INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS
Linguistics is derived from the Latin word “Lingua” which is the technical name of tongue. It is also used to mean Language.
The word Book Dictionary (1993) defines linguistic as the science of language; comperatives study of languages, including the study of speech sounds language structures, and the history and historical relationship of languages and linguistics forms.
Linguistics is also defined by the Department of Linguistics Booklet Legon Linguistics (2003) as the scientific study of the nature and characteristics of human language. In linguistics, I try to understand how human language conveys meaning, how children acquire language and adults learn new languages, the relationship between language and society, the cultural, norms regulation used, the mental processes involved when we speak and hear others speak.
According to Akpanglo-Nartey (2002),he also define linguistics as the scientific study of human language.With reference to Akpanglo-Nartey (2002) definition of linguistics as a science must have a specific system of collecting organizing and analyzing its data. Since it is a relatively new science, computing system has developed.
In his disciplines, he basically considered the fact that linguistics should be observational adequacy, where the theory and the catalogue of the language are built. He again talk of the patterns in sentences formation, where the strings of words the speakers accepts as well formed and are determined and the resulting language ,including the rules that relate the sounds and structure of the language to meaning....