What does it mean to be a linguist?
Posted by ILuvEire on November 23, 2008
I call myself an amateur linguist, but I’m not too sure that I use the same definition as everyone else. I take it to mean the study of the inner workings of language. I’m most interested in Psycholinguistics – the relationship between the mind and language. I believe it’s very important and that there’s a lot more to be discovered.
Wikipedia defines linguistics as
The Webster’s dictionary defines linguistics as
–noun (used with a singular verb) the science of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and historical linguistics.
Now that’s a definition I can work with! That supports my definition. The definition everyone seems to attack me with is similar to this:
…individual speaker who uses two or more languages,
AKA the definition of Multilingualism from Wikipedia.
That’s quite interesting. 🙂