This is a two-fold level questions. Question about linguistics from the view point of linguistics. I am interested whether linguistics is a field of science/research or is it a discipline?
The next two paragraphs show some use of both concepts, both taken from the same book (Newmeyer, 1988):
- "By the final quarter of the century, the notion of autonomy had parted ways with the view of language as an "organism," a move which reflected the growing recognition of the distinctive aspetcs of the discipline of linguistics"
- "Just as its subject matter has endowed the field of linguistics with an importance far out of proportion to the number of practicing linguists, so too have its debates engendered an interest from the outside well beyond what one might expect."
Also, it seems that in this StackExchange it is field of linguistics that is used more often: " In what ways do the fields of linguistics and sociology overlap? "
Newmeyer, F. J. (1988). The politics of linguistics. University of Chicago Press.