Re: OT: Colleges and linguishtics and philology, oh my!
|Date:||Monday, March 18, 2002, 9:40|
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From: Roger Mills <romilly@...>
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 wouldconsider
> "philology" a rather quaint, if not downright pejorative term, eventhough
> historically it antedates "linguistics" by a good bit, I think. It may
> still be used in Europe; I think one of our Russian members mentionedhaving
> 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".