We are proud to announce our first Linguist of the Day: François Grosjean!
Below is an excerpt from his story of becoming a linguist:
When I think about my first linguistics course, my mind wanders back to a large lecture hall in the mid-sixties at the University of Paris. Around 300 of us were attending a lecture on English Linguistics taught by Antoine Culioli. Suddenly, in his quiet voice, Culioli asked, "Is François Grosjean there?". I raised my hand and he continued, "Tell me, in British English, would you say ...(X)... or would you say ...(Y)...?". Because of my secondary schooling in England, I was one of the (quasi) native speakers that lecturers would call upon as linguistic informants. I don't remember the two alternatives Culioli gave me but I believe they concerned some very subtle difference in the use of a preposition. With 299 pairs of eyes looking at me, and not really seeing how the two alternatives diverged, I ventured, "The former, I think!". Culioli nodded his head and replied, "Yes, that's what I thought". He continued his lecture and I sat back and breathed a sigh of relief. Since then, I have the greatest respect for people who are informants!
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