What is linguistics, anyway?

Linguistics is the scientific study of language.  Its sub-fields include:

  • phonetics: the study of speech sounds
  • phonology: the study of how sounds are organized in natural languages.
  • morphology: the study of word structure
  • syntax: the study of how words are arranged into phrases and sentences
  • semantics: the study of meaning
  • pragmatics: the study of how language is used in social contexts.

Other sub-fields result from the intersection of linguistics with other fields:

  • Historical linguistics is the study of how language changes over time.
  • Sociolinguistics is the study of language in society.
  • Psycholinguistics studies how language is processed in the mind.
  • Neurolinguistics studies how the brain encodes language.
  • Computational linguistics studies how computers and computational models can be used to model and process natural language.


Hunter College, CUNY, in the middle of Manhattan.

This sign was up for about a week [EDIT] 3 days (posted on October 2nd).

We had petitioned for 3 years to get the sign placed.

There are only 2 other gender neutral bathrooms on the 68th street campus, which spans 3 tall buildings and the much older, smaller Thomas Hunter Hall where this bathroom is located.

It only took 3 days for this sign to get vandalized and rendered illegible. We just want a safe place to pee.

Just a heads-up for Appblrs – I know a lot of you are really interested in studying in NYC, and there’s a great program that I haven’t seen talked about at all in the community. Macauley Honors is incredibly selective (~10% acceptance rate? I’ve heard of people picking it over NYU and Cornell) and it’s part of the CUNY system, which has some very good colleges. Macauley kids get priority for the dorms, so are basically guaranteed a spot, and even though they must declare a home college, I believe they can take classes from any four-year college in the system. They can create their own majors, and the best part: it’s free.

Yup, tuition and room and board are all covered, PLUS they give you a stipend and a MacBook Air, which you have the option of buying in junior year for a dollar. It’s kind of the best thing ever.

Just wanted to let y'all know, because I never hear of anyone talking about it.