"יש לי תואר בבלשנות."
Translation:I have a degree in Linguistics.
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Both are of biblical origin, and as parts of the mouth, synonymous with speech and language in general.
ι שפה 'lip, brink, edge' is used primarily as 'language' and the facial 'lip' and occasionally as 'rim' or the 'bank, shoreline' of a body of water.
ι לשון 'tongue' (and things of similar shape: fire, a jutting strip of land, a forked instrument, etc) is sometimes 'language'.
Regarding language, שפה is more common and applies to language in general (שפה סמואית Samoan language). לשון is more specialized and often highlights the mechanics of language (שיעור לשון Language Arts).
- A 'mother tongue' is אם שפת.
- The Academy of Hebrew Language is האקדמיה ללשון העברית.
- Of all languages, לשון only precedes עברית (as Hebrew is considered by many to be לָשׁוֹן הַקֹּדֶשׁ the holy tongue).
- When הלשון refers to language, it always means Hebrew.