Linguistics and English Language

What is linguistics and English language?

Linguistics examines how language works, describing how sounds, words, sentences and conversations combine to express and create meaning.

It also studies the uses of language in everyday life, the ways in which it varies across society and evolves over time, and how it is mastered by children.

Language is a highly structured system of communicating in which complex and elusive meanings are encoded in sequences of sounds travelling through air, or of letters written on pages.

The English language has a well-recorded history of more than 1000 years and its changes can be traced through written materials ranging from medieval manuscripts to text messages, and more recently, through recordings of spoken English.

Why study linguistics and English language at Edinburgh?