LINGUIST List 28.1531

Tue Mar 28 2017

Featured Linguist: Meet Robert A. Coté

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 28-Mar-2017
From: LINGUIST List <>
Subject: Featured Linguist: Meet Robert A. Coté
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Dear subscribers,

We are pleased to present you our next featured linguist of the 2017 Fund Drive: Robert A. Coté! Read his story and more on our blog or on our fund drive web page:


I am not your typical linguist. In fact, my first degree is in meteorology with a minor in math! Despite this, I have always been fascinated with languages - most likely because I grew up in a multilingual environment: my father and his parents spoke Quebecois, my maternal grandmother spoke Pugliese, and my maternal grandfather spoke Neapolitan. Clearly, hearing people around me speak something other than English was normal for me from a very young age, but I never gave much thought to the rich sociolinguistic world in which I lived. I always enjoyed reading and writing as well, so it only seems natural to me that I became an applied linguist.

How I discovered the wonderful world of LINGUIST List is even more interesting. I had completed my PhD coursework, comprehensive exams, dissertation proposal, and data collection, and I was working full-time as an administrator at an English-medium college in the United Arab Emirates. Like many doctoral students, I had really grown tired of my research and had fallen out of interest with academia. One of my professors suggested I look into writing a book review, not only to read some current literature related to my area of research, but more importantly, to practice the type of writing required for a dissertation. This was probably the best advice I received in my entire 10-year doctoral process.


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