Linguistics is the study of language — its structure, function, meaning, and history. Linguists analyze written texts and natural speech; language sounds and the formation of words; sentence structure and the mechanisms of meaning; the social role of languages in human communities; and language development and change over time. Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field that interacts broadly with other social and historical sciences from anthropology to sociology to evolutionary biology, and it has applications in professional and technical fields from law to computer science to psychology. SSRN helps scholars of linguistics keep up with the latest research in the field and discover unexpected connections across academic disciplines. The international character of SSRN allows linguists to share and connect with other researchers all around the world.