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Mon Mar 24 2008

Pinker: New Ring Master of the Day

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Message 1: My Professional Interest in Language Owes Much to Happenstance
Date: 24-Mar-2008
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: My Professional Interest in Language Owes Much to Happenstance
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Today we are featuring Steven Pinker, our latest Ringmaster of the Day! 
Go on and sneak peak a bit of his story on how he got into linguistics:

"More than we like to admit, a person's life trajectory is determined by
chance events, and my professional interest in language owes much to
happenstance. I never decided to be a linguist (and technically, never
became one). My degrees are in psychology, and have always worked in
departments of psychology or cognitive science. But when I was a freshman
I recognized that language is a key to understanding the human mind. As a
student in the early 1970s, I read a profile of Chomsky in the New York
Times Sunday Magazine, and was excited at how we used the study of language
to revive deep and ancient questions about human nature. I studied at
McGill, and language was a prominent part of the their undergraduate
psychology curriculum, partly because bilingualism and language acquisition
were so typical in Quebec at the time. So when I left for graduate studies
at Harvard, I thought of language as an important topic in cognitive
psychology, but just one of many important topics.

When I arrived at Harvard, I was dismayed to find that all of their
cognitive psychologists had either left in a huff or been denied tenure..."

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