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Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"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?

Look at these resources to find out more about the discipline of linguistics. They will also answer some of your questions about possible careers.

"At the heart of linguistics is the search for the unconscious knowledge that humans have about language(s), an understanding of the structure of language, and knowledge about how languages differ from each other" taken from the Linguistic Society of America.

See how Wikipedia explains Linguistics.

LSA: Subfields of Linguistics
You might be surprised at the variety of things you can study/do within the field.

Student Portal Library
Find other hard copy and online resources for understanding linguistics, help with your academic work or career, etc.

Professor Richard Hudson's (UCL) (2006) Essay on Linguistics
Find out how a linguistics degree is different from other degrees and why it will improve your life skills.

Career FAQ
The Ask-a-Linguist panelists address questions about careers in linguistics.

How They Became Linguists
Read about the interests and influences that led these linguists into their careers.

Preparing for Your Own Career
What you should be thinking about and doing during your time at school; browse current job listings.

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