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linguistics, scientific study of language , covering the structure (morphology and syntax; see grammar ), sounds ( phonology ), and meaning ( semantics ), as well as the history of the relations of languages to each other and the cultural place of language in human behavior. Phonetics , the study of the sounds of speech, is generally considered a separate (but closely related to) field from linguistics.

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