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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:||'Linguist' isn't really a title, but a common noun that basically means EITHER 'a person who has formally studied linguistics, and knows something about how language works' OR 'someone who knows a lot of languages'. In the first sense the word is like 'mathematician', 'historian' or 'musician' -- you have to have a serious interest in and knowledge of a subject, but there's no suggestion that you have to have passed a certain level. Someone with a Masters in Linguistics would clearly have studied a lot of linguistics, so to me would clearly be a linguist (as opposed to someone who had studied pedagogy, or history, or chemistry, for example). Even someone who has done some linguistics as an undergraduate, or through self-study, could be described as a linguist. Anthea|
|Reply From:||Anthea Fraser Gupta click here to access email|