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Linguistics

  • By: Victor Raskin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

Linguistics is a well-established academic discipline with a vast area of research and multiple applications. Linguistics has also been a leading contributor to the multidisciplinary area of humor research because humor is very often verbal. This entry discusses some pertinent elements of linguistics and their contributions to the study of humor.

Linguistics as an Academic Discipline

Linguistics is an academic discipline that studies language as a universal human faculty. Linguistics, in its various aspects, spans the humanities, social sciences, hard sciences, engineering, and technology because all these groups of disciplines use language and depend on certain aspects of it, in one way or another.

Linguistics is also one of the most ancient areas of research. The first grammatical description of a language, namely, Sanskrit, an ancient language of ...

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