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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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What is Linguistics?

Linguistics is a field of intrigue and mystery, and to some of us, the subject of our life's vocation. But many people, students included, find it difficult to corral it into a single definition. Here are some resources attempting to guide toward an answer to that persistent question: what is linguistics, and what do you do with it?

Richard Hudson, of University College London, writes that the study of linguistics, especially at the broad, undergraduate level, can be an important source of "life skills" for students.

Some of the most commonly asked questions about careers in linguistics, including those concerning employment and non-academic opportunities, are answered by our panel.

Read the stories of professional linguists' career paths.

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) has collected a series of articles on various subfields in linguistics written by experts in the fields. These articles can give an idea of the kind of research linguists do.

Question not answered above? You can pose your own question to our panel!

An essay on one of the most commonly-asked questions.

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