The world needs linguists

The troubling events of this week are serving as a reminder that now more than ever, we need to be engaging in challenging conversations and dialoging across difference. For me, it’s also a powerful reminder of just how much our skills as linguists are needed: we are trained to see systems (and not only how …

Lots of careers for linguists

Marc Franco of Snap Language addresses some of the big misconceptions about our field, including the big one: that there are few careers that we are suited for! He even shares some great resources, enjoy!: RELATED VIDEOS “About Literacy” playlist: https://goo.gl/t2DtAU “About Language and Linguistics” playlist: https://goo.gl/wXB6xh FURTHER READING “The linguist vs polyglot gaffe” (web …

What it means to be a Career Linguist

This post is written by guest blogger Patrick Goodridge a linguist, language teacher, and writer based in Philadelphia, PA. Read more about Patrick below or on the Career Linguist guest bloggers page where you can also learn about being a guest blogger for Career Linguist yourself!! Career Linguist is a truly unique creation, designed to …

“I’m a linguist” “you’re a what now?”

Following up on the conversations that have emerged from my “What’s Linguistics?” post… If there is one thing that I know to be true of the job search, it is that each of us can and must be constantly challenging ourselves to practice articulating what it is that we mean when we say that we …

How do I start my jobsearch as a linguist?

I have received a few inquiries this week from linguists wondering how to begin job searches. Some of their specific questions included: How do I narrow down what fields to focus on?  How will I know what kind of a job I will like?  How do I find jobs that leverage my strengths and interests?  …

Why a linguist?

Thank you to Barb Clark at You Say Tomato for calling our attention to this wonderful article: Why every company needs a good applied linguist Barb explains the who (applied linguistic anthropologists ) what why and how of it in her blog post Read her full post here WHAT applied linguistic anthropologists can significantly contribute …

“What’s Linguistics?”

“What’s Linguistics?” “How many languages do you speak?” “A linguist?  Like C-3PO?” (the latest variant of this question that I heard recently) If you have taken even a single course in linguistics, you have probably been asked questions like the above (and likely with some regularity).  The general lack of awareness about our field demonstrated …

‘Bring in’ … a call to professional linguists

As quoted in what color can your parachute be Roger Shuy framed the problem thusly  at the 1974 Georgetown University Roundtable in Linguistics (GURT): “As a result of its isolative behavior, linguistics is now beginning to suffer from not having a natural apprenticeship domain, making it difficult for graduates to find work” He suggested a solution, …

Word of the Year 2014

This was the event happening opposite the Linguist Salon at the most recent joint meeting of the Linguistics Society of America and the American Dialect Society: Also, the profile in the NYT!!  🙂 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/style/at-the-super-bowl-of-linguistics-may-the-best-word-win.html?_r=0 For those of you who were there (and I can see here from the tape that most of you were), thought …