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|Subject:||Linguist = doctorate in linguistics?|
|Question:||Are ESL instructors with masters in linguistics considered linguists, or is the title of linguist reserved only for those holding doctorate degrees in linguistics? Who can legitimately be referred to as a linguist?|
|Reply:||You can certainly call yourself a linguist even with "just" an MA in linguistics. Just to muddy the waters, the US military calls someone a linguist if they work as a translator and may not even have a masters degree. That said, in almost any field, it's difficult if not impossible to get an academic position without a terminal degree like a Ph.D. (or MFA).|
|Reply From:||Susan D Fischer click here to access email|