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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: I should have thought the most important thing was to pick a university where the Classics department still lays plenty of emphasis on the languages themselves, as used to be usual but has become less so as a majority of students want instead to study the civilizations through English translation of the literature. Of course, at many places it is quite possible to combine the subjects of Classics and Linguistics, but you might find that you got more Linguistics than you really wanted and that much of it was fairly irrelevant to your interests in the structure of the ancient languages.

Geoffrey Sampson

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

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