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Writing for Linguistics

If you are studying linguistics and need to write assignments, essays, etc., then these pages can help!

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Those interested in linguistics likely already have an appreciation for the incredible complexity of language, but may not realise the transdisciplinary nature of this discipline, which seeks to scientifically understand how what is perhaps humanity's most fundamental invention works.

To write assignments about linguistics, the first thing you need to know is the vocabulary. We've analysed high-scoring student assignments to find the words that are used most often. For exercises about vocabulary related to linguistics go to this page:

Linguistics Vocabulary

Secondly, and most importantly, you will need to learn how to write certain types of assignments ('genres'). In linguistics, you will probably write: 

  • Critiques, where you evaluate something you've studied from the perspective of your discipline 
  • Essays, where you make a coherent argument and employ critical thinking skills. 

Each of these genres has an individual style you will need to learn. If you're short of time, you can go directly to the pages about these genres, but we recommend you start at the beginning of 'Writing for a Purpose' and work through all of it. 

If you read all the materials, you'll be better able to identify what sort of assignment you have to write – your tutor usually won't tell you. Also, not all linguistics courses are the same and they might include assignments in different genres from the two typical ones above.


Dear sir, I live in Dhaka bangladesh. I have completed Masters on Accounting. But it is sameful for me I can't writing and reading or spaking properly . Because I have lot of spelling mistake, my vocabulary is so poor. Tense knowledge not bad but full Grammar knowledge is not gd. If you tell me write a job cover letter I can't write properly, thise is my position. Yes I can speak in englaish but not officially. For this reason I don't get a good job for my families.I have no ability expense for this but I have internet connection. So I was searching a way then I have gotten Learn English ( British council free class) and I registered. I am a poetry writer, so I write pome in bangla but don't write in english. Therefore I am hungry for English. Plz.................give me soluation sir.
Thanking yours
loving students

Hello bulbul jam,

Welcome! You've come to the right place -- we have loads of free materials that you can use to improve your English. The first thing I would recommend is that you read our Frequently asked questions page, which has general advice on how to get the most out of our site. Then I'd recommend you try Elementary Podcasts, which will help you with many dimensions of your English. Take your time on each episode -- listen to it section by section, and listen at least twice. Read the transcript and make a note of new vocabulary and spelling. In this way, you'll get much more out the series.

Let us know how you get on.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team