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Query:   Advice on PhD in Linguistics
Author:  Bill Croft
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   General Linguistics

Summary:   ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO I POSTED A QUERY TO LINGUIST ASKING, IN THE
CONTEXT OF THE CURRENT (AND FUTURE) VIRTUALLY NONEXISTENT JOB MARKET
FOR LINGUISTICS IN ACADEMIA, WHAT SORT OF ADVICE TO GIVE TO
UNDERGRADUATES WHO MIGHT GO ON TO DO A PH.D. IN LINGUISTICS. THIS IS A
SUMMARY OF THE RESPONSES. NOT SURPRISINGLY, IT IS A SENSITIVE SUBJECT,
AND SEVERAL RESPONDENTS REQUESTED ANONYMITY. I ASKED ALL OTHER
RESPONDENTS IF THEY MINDED BEING NAMED. LET ME THANK DANNY MOONHAWK
ALFORD, LEAH BATEMAN, MAYRENE BENTLEY, CARRIE CLARADY, TIMOTHY
CLAUSNER, KURT DUSTERHOFF, THOMAS ERNST, DANIEL EVERETT, SHARON FLANK,
NANCY FRISHBERG, SHARON GOODMAN, RICHARD HUDSON, ANA VON KLOPP,
BERNARD KRIPKEE, MAI KUHA, ELIZABETH ANN LENELL, MARGARET LUEBS,
MAYUMI MASUKO, COREY MILLER, CARL MILLS, ZAZIE TODD AND FOUR
RESPONDENTS WHO REQUESTED ANONYMITY OR DID NOT EXPLICITLY AUTHORIZE ME
TO THANK THEM BY NAME.

THE SHORT VERSION:

(I) TELLL PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS WHAT'S IN STORE. STUDENTS WANT ADVICE--
- HONEST, REALISTIC ADVICE----ON THEIR JOB PROSPECTS, AND RESENT IT
WHEN THEY DON'T GET IT. IT WOULD ALSO BE USEFUL TO GIVE THEM ADVICE
ON WHAT LIFE IN ACADEMIA IS REALLY LIKE. I GOT VERY FEW RESPONSES
FROM MY FELLOW PROFESSORS/LECTURERS; INSTEAD THEY WERE MAINLY FROM
THE STUDENTS WHO ARE IN THIS SITUATION, OR HAVE ALREADY GIVEN UP.
(II) THE ADVICE I CURRENTLY GIVE WAS GENERALLY JUDGED TO BE CORRECT,
WITH ONE OR TWO MODIFICATIONS. THE ADVICE, REVISED, IS REPEATED IN
(III)-(VI).
(III) OUTSTANDING STUDENTS WHO WANT TO PURSUE A PHD IN LINGUISTICS
SHOULD BE GIVEN THE FACTS OF THE ACADEMIC JOB MARKET, AND SUPPORTED
IF THEY WANT TO CONTINUE. THE MAIN ADDITIONAL POINT IS TO ENCOURAGE
THEM TO DIVERSIFY, THAT IS, DEVELOP SOME OTHER SKILLS (COMPUTATIONAL
LINGUISTICS, COGNITIVE SCIENCE, A FOREIGN LANGUAGE, TESOL WERE THE
POSSIBILITIES NAMED), IN ADDITION TO THE

LL Issue: 8.380
Date Posted: 18-Mar-1997
Original Query: Read original query