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Linguistics is the science of language and languages.
Subtypes or branches
- theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics
- general linguistics, descriptive linguistics
- historical linguistics
- documentary linguistics
- "We may call the science of languages linguistic, as it is called by the best German writers." (Whewell 1837 I. p. cxiv) (cited after OED)
- Whewell, William. 1837. History of the inductive sciences, from the earliest to the present times.