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Subject: Speech-Language Pathology to Linguistics
Question: Hello! I am a practicing speech-language pathologist obtaining
information for preparation to apply for my PhD. The more I pursue my
interests, the more I find myself led towards the field of Linguistics.
My B.S. and M.S. are both in Communication Sciences and
Disorders. How would pursuing a PhD in Linguistics be different in my
case? Since the two fields do overlap in some aspects, does anyone
have any resources/references I can refer to for further information?
There are so many Linguistics programs I'm unsure where to begin.
Thank you for your assistance.

Reply: I would think there would be lots of overlap. In terms of the PhD, it depends on which
fields of linguistics is of interest. In some fields like phonetics, psycholinguistics and
child language acquisition, I think the overlap would be very high.

Others like theoretical linguistics have traditionally not relied as much on lab-based
approaches or cross-disciplinary approaches, but I think that is changing. I believe
your background would actually be a plus there as well.

FInd the schools that interest you the most and apply.

Best of luck

Reply From: Elizabeth J Pyatt      click here to access email
Date: 01-Nov-2012
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  1. Re: Speech-Language Pathology to Linguistics    Nancy J. Frishberg     (01-Nov-2012)

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