Here’s a piece that I just posted on our School of Christian Thought website at Houston Baptist University. I explore briefly what linguistics is, and why it is beneficial to study linguistics.
Here at HBU we have a Biblical Languages program, which includes both an undergraduate degree in biblical languages (just Greek and Hebrew) and an MA in biblical languages (Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic). One of the requirements that we insist on for both programs is a course in General Linguistics. As the Director of the MABL program, sometimes I am asked questions like What is linguistics? and Why is it important to study linguistics? In this post I will attempt to provide some brief answers to those questions.
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