Linguistics was the science of language. Individuals who specialized in linguistics were known as linguists or language specialists.

Aboard Enterprise NX-01, Ensign Hoshi Sato was responsible for all linguistic matters. (ENT: "Vox Sola")

In 2152, Sato was excited about her visit to Risa because "at any one time there can be thousands of visitors there speaking hundreds of different languages." She invited Malcolm Reed to join her, but he said that he was "hoping for something more than a linguistic seminar." (ENT: "Fallen Hero")

Later that year, Doctor Phlox studied the Menk, observing that they were becoming increasing intelligent, noting their advancement in motor skills, and linguistic abilities. (ENT: "Dear Doctor")

In 2267, Spock became curious of the words spoken by the crew to the infant, Leonard James Akaar, "Oochy-woochy kootchie-koo." James T. Kirk described it as "an obscure Earth dialect" and that that perhaps he should consult linguistics for more information on the meaning. (TOS: "Friday's Child")

This may have referred to the linguistics bank or a department onboard the USS Enterprise.
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