nyucknyuck (nyucknyuck) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Linguistics: Humanity or Social Science?

It puzzles me when linguistics is considered a humanity; to me it seems to epitomize social science. It's even often done under a university's anthropology department, which is always considered a social science. Hell, it seems to be one of the "harder" social sciences, so it just doesn't fit the humanity label. Yet many well-known universities -- Oxford, Chicago (known for its ling department), etc. -- call it a humanity.

Why? What do you consider linguistics?

(I remember reading somewhere that the study of a specific language, like Latin or Greek, is a humanity, whereas linguistics is a social science.)
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