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Re: OT: Colleges and linguishtics and philology, oh my!

From:Y.Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Monday, March 18, 2002, 9:40
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From: Roger Mills <romilly@...>
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Sent: Saturday, March 16, 2002 6:58 PM
Subject: Re: OT: Colleges and linguishtics and philology, oh my!

> That's an accurate, and very polite, way of stating the difference. > Otherwise, most card-carrying linguists _in the US_ nowadays would
> "philology" a rather quaint, if not downright pejorative term, even
> historically it antedates "linguistics" by a good bit, I think. It may > still be used in Europe; I think one of our Russian members mentioned
> a degree in Philology.
Yeah, that was me... Tho not Russian, but post-Russian (or post-Soviet?) Ukrainian product :-) Here in Ukraine they still qualify all language specialists as "philologists", no "linguist" qualification is ever given. Still it may mean lots of different things, from a teacher of foreign language for the primary school to a specialist in "applied linguistics" which is much closer to computer science than to linguistics...
> Like Michael, my own inclination was always more "philological", and I > ignored the other stuff as much as I could (probably to my peril, as it > turned out.........)
I see myself mostly as a linguist, but with no inimical implications :-) A friend of mine used to say: "Philologists study (particular) languages. Liguists study things ABOUT languages". Yitzik ~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>