Proposal: Linguistics

This is heeding MatthewMartin's call for a discussion on the scope of 'linguistics'. Advance apologies for prolonging the discussion..

I do agree the phrase 'applied linguistics' is potentially misleading, but it's also where linguistics gets part of its public attention. If linguistics goes as 'phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and historical linguistics', that is, no psycolinguistics, no congnitive linguistics, no language acquisition (not even 1st language acquisition)? Then we might be missing out on quite a few research areas.


I definitely think the fields you list as applied linguistics (not sure why they are applied) should be in scope at linguistics.SE. I think the details of this discussion can be saved for the site meta when it goes live.

A more pressing issue is if other proposals should be merged in (to potentially get linguistics to launch):


  • Those fields are on topic on our site by the way.
    – Alenanno
    Oct 11 '12 at 10:49
  • Sigh ... the referenced link has gone stale
    – user138118
    Jun 18 '15 at 15:32

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