Linguistic Intuitions

Posted on July 28, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Linguistics is the study of language.

Intuition is an interesting word. It means knowing something without learning it.

For example, a mother suddenly gets a feeling her child is in danger, and she rescues her child just in time. In linguistics intuition means how a native speaker knows if a word is used correctly or not. It is the feeling that a word or phrase is comfortable or strange.

My Japanese is often very strange. Sometimes I can feel it. Sometimes I don’t know why people look at me in a strange way after I say something. My intuition is that intuition is the key to being a good second language speaker. Of course first you have to learn some basic vocabulary and grammar, but then you need to be able to feel the difference in nuance between different phrases.

I am always looking for better and better ways to develop better linguistic intuitions.

If you have any feelings, techniques or hints for developing linguistic intuitions why not share them? We are looking forward to sharing our intuitions with you.

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