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Misconceptions about Linguistics

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When people hear about linguistics, they generally do not understand exactly what it is. They also cannot tell exactly what linguists do. This lesson includes a video that will clear up the main misconceptions about linguistics.


This lesson covers the following:

  • What linguistics is.
  • Branches of linguistics.
  • Difference between descriptive and prescriptive linguistics.
  • What linguists do and where they work.
  • Difference between linguists and polyglots.

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