The Five-Minute Linguist - Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages Third Edition - Caroline Myrick

The Five-Minute Linguist - Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages Third Edition - Caroline Myrick

2. You're a Linguist? How Many Languages do You Speak?

The Five-Minute Linguist - Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages Third Edition - Caroline Myrick

Paul Chapin† [+-]
Paul Chapin received his Ph.D. in linguistics from MIT in 1967. After eight years on the faculty at the University of California at San Diego, he went to the National Science Foundation in 1975, where he became the first NSF Program Director for Linguistics. When he retired from the NSF in 2001, he received the Director’s Superior Accomplishment Award. That same year, the LSA awarded him the first Victoria A. Fromkin Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession.

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People who speak multiple languages are called ‘polyglots’. Many linguists work on describing particular languages. Some linguists work at the more abstract level of linguistic theory, while others study speech or historical linguistics. Psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, sociolinguistics are other disciplines that explore what language is about.

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Chapin† , Paul. 2. You're a Linguist? How Many Languages do You Speak?. The Five-Minute Linguist - Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages Third Edition. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 11-15 Jul 2019. ISBN 9781781798553. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38121. Date accessed: 09 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38121. Jul 2019

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