When did she first realize that she was a linguist?...
"In one sense, I've been a linguist for just about as long as I can remember. But for a long time, I didn't actually know it.
I have a distinct memory of spending some day-dreaming time in middleschool wondering why there were two kinds of letters ('vowels' and 'consonants') and what the difference was between these classes anyway. Though I'm pretty sure I came up with some possible answers to that question, they have long since been covered over in my memory by classes in phonetics."
I bet that many of you can relate to her first foray into linguistic analysis! If this realization resonates with you, read the whole of this exciting tale of linguistic discovery below!
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