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Subject: Classics and Linguistics
Question: I am a senior in high school and I am going to major in Classics. But, I
am also interested in the morphology or morphophonology of Latin and
Ancient Greek. How would I combine the two fields?

Reply: This is fairly simple - take lots of linguistics electives. You can also supplement with
study of other languages you are interested in, particularly Indo-European or ancient
Semitic languages.

You can also ask your Classics department if there are options for a linguistics or
language specialization or even look for dual degree options.

The good news is that these two fields are fairly compatible and that many linguists are
familiar with either Greek or Latin. There is also some research into these languages as
well as their descendants, Modern Greek and the Romance language family.

There are lots of possibilities, so I hope you find one that works for you.

Reply From: Elizabeth J Pyatt      click here to access email
Date: 12-Sep-2012
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  1. Re: Classics and Linguistics    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (12-Sep-2012)

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