Students at St. Olaf Linguistics Symposium.
Linguistics is the scientific study of the human capacity for language—a system of communication which, as far as we can tell, is uniquely human.
As such, the study of language sheds particularly interesting light on what it means to be human, and the study of linguistics provides a new perspective from which to understand this uniquely human behavior.
Since language is part of almost every aspect of human activities, linguistic knowledge can be applied to many areas:
Especially students in the following areas should consider courses in linguistics:
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