Why is the plural of goose geese, but the plural of moose is not meese? Why do some Americans use the word "pop" and some use "soda" or "coke" to describe carbonated beverages? What exactly is the Oxford comma, and why does it drive some people crazy? Linguistics - which is "the study of human speech, including the units, nature, structure, and modification of language" - can tell us! This page provides lots of resources for studying linguistics.
Subject headings are often a more accurate and comprehensive way of searching for a topic than keyword searching. Subject headings can be found on the left-hand column of search results in the catalog, or at the end of a book's catalog entry.
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Corpus linguistics is a method of linguistic research that uses corpora, or large databases of text, to analyze language use.