Linguistics is the science of language: it aims to describe language phenomena in an appropriate manner.
Linguistics is divided into several disciplines:
- Phonetics/phonology investigates language sound systems
- Morphology occupies itself with the inner construction of words.
- Syntax concerns itself with the formal structure of word groups and sentences.
- Semantics analyzes the meaning of linguistic expressions.
- Pragmatics examines language as communications medium.
In Stuttgart, we teach linguistics as a cognitive science. This means that by analyzing language we expect to gain insights into the structures of the human mind. You can also take linguistics as a minor subject in combination with one of the following majors: English, German, History, History of Science and Technology, Art History, or Romance Studies. In the minor, you learn the basics of theoretical linguistics.
Students should bring with them not only enjoyment in working with language, but also be prepared to do exacting, detailed analysis.