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What are the various fields that belong to Linguistics?

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Linguistics consists of various fields:

A - Anthropological Linguistics, Applied Linguistics.
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C - Cognitive Linguistics, Comparative linguistics, Computational Linguistics.
D - Discourse Analysis.
E - Etymology, Evolutionary Linguistics.
F - Forensic Linguistics, Functional theories of grammar.
G - Generative Linguistics, Graphemics, Graphetics.
H - Historical Linguistics.
I - Internet Linguistics.
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L - Language acquisition, Language assessment, Language development, Language education, Lexis, Linguistic anthropology.
M - Morphology, Morphonology.
N - Neurolinguistics.
O - Orthography.
P - Phonetics, Phonology, Pragmatics.
Q - Quantitative linguistics.
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S - Semantics, Semiotics, Sociolinguistics, Syntax.
T - Translation studies.
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  • Can I suggest Discourse Analysis, Sign Languages, and Translation studies? Edit: And perhaps Applied Linguistics too. – edominic Mar 7 '13 at 10:59
  • Of course, even if Sign Language is not "a field"... no? I'm going to add the other ones, thanks. – Alenanno Mar 7 '13 at 11:13
  • Thank you, but why do you think that Sign Languages is not a field in itself? There's a lot of research on natural sign languages and although that is not my field, I think it has made important contributions to linguistics in general. Am I missing something here? – edominic Mar 7 '13 at 11:33
  • @KleinePrins No maybe it's me, but Sign Language is a field in Linguistics? I mean, it's a subject, but like "Spoken languages"... I am not sure if I am explaining myself well lol :) – Alenanno Mar 7 '13 at 12:49
  • I get it, and I guess there can be several opinions about this. I just looked for serious and comprehensive lists of linguistic subfields and they are all different. I have no problem accepting your idea that SL is a subject since I found such variety of lists. On a side note, I think this little debate could be labelled as "philosophy of linguistics". I now want to add that to my academic interests! – edominic Mar 7 '13 at 13:10
  • @KleinePrins Yes, there isn't an actual total consensus. Again, it might just be me so if you find it somewhere listed as such, let me know. – Alenanno Mar 7 '13 at 13:23
  • Perhaps Psycholinguistics as well? – WavesWashSands Aug 9 '15 at 11:29

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