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Disciplines merge, and then converge. Disciplines also emerge. Merger of disciplines could be best instantiated by what was once nicknamed as ‘hyphenated’ linguistics (classical cases like ‘Socio-linguistics’ and ‘Psycho-linguistics’ provide good examples, the latest being ‘Geo-linguistics’ growing on the ashes of what was once recognized as ‘Dialect geography’). These compounded disciplines show signs of merger very clearly as the stitches are quite visible. It takes long time to drop the hyphens and get more integrated. However, practitioners of these disciplines had their own dogma and learning history because of which they would usually try to push (or pull) the conjoined words (and worlds) apart (so much so that separate approaches would emerge).
But in the history of language sciences, several disciplines have emerged and have made their mark. They have emerged through a longer process of being together in a mutually beneficial manner. In hard-core areas, Phonetics and Semantics are two classical examples. In applied language sciences, Language Teaching & Testing is by far the best example of this kind. Here too, one has seen ideas emanating from different disciplines and converging to create a common base. Some areas in Linguistics had always provided attractive meeting grounds for scholars with varied interests to work on. Some others emerged, but got sidelined again. (For instance, the once popular, Morphology, which bounced back as Word Formation, came up again as a point of focus with its original title). However, there have also been disciplines which grew out of linguistics or from dissatisfaction of it, but later assumed a much bigger canvas large enough to involve people who would like to be miles away from grammar. The emergence
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