The study of language. The Linguist is an expert in analyzing the internal structure of language, including the grammatical and phonological components. He is highly knowledgeable about the history, categorization, standardization, and comparison of languages and dialects. He is also knowledgeable about the development of language skills in children and animals. Linguists will usually be fluent in at least one foreign language and often specialize in a particular language family. Knowledge of linguistics will allow the scientist to analyze a new language and pick up its syntax and semantics more rapidly if a suitable instructor is not available.