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How to become a Linguist

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Explore a career in Linguistics, become a Linguist!

Explore a career in Linguistics, become a Linguist!

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  • 1. How tobecome aLinguist…
  • 2. What’s Linguistics?• The study of the human language; an in-depth investigation of the human language; its structure and uses, and the relationship between those, as well as the acquisition and development of language. o Different branches • Phonetics (sounds) • Phonology (sound systems) • Syntax (structure) • Morphology (words) • Semantics (meaning) • Etc.
  • 3. What does a Linguist do?• Found in MANY different settings as: 1. Interpreters 2. Translators 3. Transcriptionists 4. Government Reporters 5. Professors 6. Government Analysts 7. Cryptologists 8. Etc.
  • 4. Linguistics is everywhere!• How many vowels in English?• How do you pronounce “ghoti”?
  • 5. Answers! • English has 12 vocalic sounds as opposed to its only FIVE written forms: a, e, i, o, u.*Picture from the International Phonetics Alphabet website
  • 6. Answers! (con’t)• The word “ghoti,” could be pronounced “fish.” Yes! Take the following sounds from the not-so-great English grammar: – /gh/ from “enough” pronounced as /f/ – /o/ from “women” pronounced as /I/ open [i] – /ti/ from “nation” pronounced as /sh/ *Various sources, common Linguistics humor!
  • 7. Interested yet?• Take this choice if you have always been fascinated or interested in how language works o Take many English classes (on the Linguistics side of the language, NOT literature) o Study foreign languages and learn as many as possible o Study even MATHEMATICS to make your career in Linguistics stronger! o Take a basic Linguistics class to find out if that’s something you would want to consider long-term
  • 8. Who do I contact?• Start with your school counselor• Ask your friends about the subject• Consult your school’s course catalog and lists of degrees offered• Do research online• Visit the International Phonetic Alphabet online
  • 9. Thank you!Explore new path ways, you’ll love it!
  • 10. Sources• International Phonetics Alphabet Website: – http://www.omniglot.com/writing/ipa.htm