Linguists study language structure


  • Steven L. Thoms New York University, New York, United States
  • Tom Bonviglio University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
  • Wayan Suryasa ITB STIKOM Bali, Denpasar, Indonesia


culture, language, linguistics


To study linguistics is to gain a greater understanding of a fundamental part of what it means to be human. Linguistics is a scientific field and an academic discipline that has both theoretical and practical applications. Linguists study language structure at several theoretical levels that range in size from tiny units of speech sounds to the context of an entire conversation. Students of linguistics often begin with a basic understanding of each level of language, then specialize in one or more levels or in a practical application of linguistics. The smallest units of language are studied in the field of phonetics, which concerns itself with the individual sounds produced while speaking. Phonology takes a look at those small units of sound together in the context of whole utterances, and searches for patterns in sound across a language or a whole group of languages.


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How to Cite

Thoms, S. L., Bonviglio, T., & Suryasa, W. (2021). Linguists study language structure. Linguistics and Culture Review, 5(1), i-iv.