“Oh, you must speak a lot of languages!”

Well… not exactly. While certainly broad and multifaceted, linguistics as I have come to know it has more to do with how people communicate and use language in general across social settings to do all kinds of things. We enact who we are and negotiate social dynamics through speech. Power and authority are asserted by means of language. Public space and norms for our behavior within it are designated and defined in discourse. Here, read more about it:

Some terms and concepts

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