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LINGUIST List 27.2137

Tue May 10 2016

Featured Linguist: Milan Mihaljević

Editor for this issue: Anna White <awhitelinguistlist.org>

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Date: 10-May-2016
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Subject: Featured Linguist: Milan Mihaljević
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Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

We are pleased to present you our next featured linguist, Milan Mihaljević, for Fund Drive 2016.

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My decision to become a linguist owes much to happenstance. At eighteen I was, like many teenagers, in the metaphysical phase, searching for the meaning of life. Although I was offered a very good scholarship for business studies, I decided to study philosophy. At the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science of the University of Zagreb we had to combine two programs. The major subject (A) lasted four, and the minor (B) lasted three years. Naturally, I chose Philosophy as my A subject. My first choice for the B program was English, but the problem was that I had learned English only for a short period of time and my command of the language was not good enough to pass the entrance test. Therefore, I had to choose something else. I can't explain why I chose General Linguistics, since until then I didn't know that such a program existed. However, after few months I discovered that Philosophy was not as interesting as I had expected and that Linguistics was far more exciting. I decided, and with the support of Radoslav Katičić, who was the chair of linguistic department at the time and later the supervisor of my PhD thesis, succeeded to change Linguistics into my major subject. As a third-year student I discovered Generative Grammar. The topic of my MA thesis was the relations between syntax and semantics in Chomsky's theory.

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