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

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, March 18, 2002, 10:05
En réponse à "Y.Penzev" <isaacp@...>:

> > 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". >
In France, philology is the study of texts and written documents, while linguistics is the study of language in general and languages in particular. They partially overlap (for instance, to study a dead language, you first have to study its texts to interprete them. Translation is also a place where philology and linguistics meet), but they are different specialisations, both needed. I didn't know other countries had other meanings for those nouns... Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.