Extremist Linguistics—Dennis Dossier SpecGram Vol CLXXXVI, No 3 Contents The SpecGram Linguistic Advice Collective

Reasons Not to Study LinguisticsPart IV

Compiled by Dyspepsia Prater and Cynnie Sizzum
X. Quizzit Korps Center for Advanced Collaborative Studies

Linguists, generally, try to encourage others’ interest in their field with enticements such as, “linguistics helps us understand the human condition”; “every language provides a unique view of the mind”; “linguistics empowers people”; “you can work in translation, interpreting, foreign language teaching, the tech industry, fieldwork, etc.” Blah, blah, blah. You see, no matter how exciting a field seems, there’s someone out there who is sick and tired of putting up with it.

Rather than promise nothing but unicorns and rainbows, we’ve searched far and widein faculty lounges and grad library carrels, in cushy academic conferences and privative fieldwork conditionsto uncover the reasons people give for being fed up with their particular linguistic and linguistics-adjacent field.

So, enjoy Part IV of our series on reasons not to study linguisticsor don’t.

Extremist LinguisticsDennis Dossier
The SpecGram Linguistic Advice Collective
SpecGram Vol CLXXXVI, No 3 Contents