Linguistics is the study of language — its structure, function, meaning, and history. The Linguistics Research Network on SSRN is an open access preprint server that provides a venue for authors to showcase their research papers in our digital library, speeding up the dissemination and providing the scholarly community access to groundbreaking working papers and early-stage research. SSRN provides the opportunity to share different outputs of research such as preliminary or exploratory investigations, book chapters, PhD dissertations, course and teaching materials, presentations, and posters among others. SSRN also helps Linguistics scholars discover the latest research in their own and other fields of interest, while providing a platform for the early sharing of their own work, making it available for subsequent work to be built upon more quickly.
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.