How Linguistics fits into a career

B. Evans, E. Kaisse, K. Manlove; March/April 2015

Learning Goal Course-Relevant Skills Career-Relevant Skills

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Translation to Careers

Develop appreciation of general properties of language
  • Understand the systematicity of language
  • Understand how language can spread geographically; how languages change over time
  • Recognize common cross-linguistic patterns; language universals
  • Understand scientific importance of all languages/dialects
  • Recognize properties of signed as well as spoken languages
  • Understanding the potential effects of social factors
  • Understand the value of describing language as a formal system
  • Analyzing & investigating
  • Creativity
  • Generate & apply new ideas & solutions
  • Identify the impact of social diversity
  • Gather information systematically to establish facts & principles.
  • Problem solving
  • Able to act on initiative, identify opportunities & proactive in putting forward ideas & solutions
  • Able to plan activities & carry them through effectively
Develop competence in linguistic analysis
  • The analysis of sound, word, and sentence structures of individual languages
  • The modelling language as a formal system
  • Using computational skills and digital analysis tools
  • Analyzing & investigating
  • Creativity
  • Generate & apply new ideas & solutions
  • Computing skills
  • Evaluate options based on logic & fact & present solutions
  • Ability to obtain and process information
Learn ways to study language in a scientific manner
  • Gathering data and making observations
  • Hypothesis formation and testing
  • Making predictions about possible vs. impossible patterns
  • Empirical advantages of working with large amounts of data
  • Analyzing & investigating
  • Creativity
  • Generate & apply new ideas & solutions
  • Ability to analyze quantitative data
Improve general academic skills
  • Writing skills
  • Reasoning skills
  • Ability to focus on/pinpoint a problem
  • Library research
  • Written Communication
  • Planning & organizing
  • Time management
  • Teamwork
  • Able to express ideas clearly and confidently in speech and writing
  • Manage time effectively, prioritizing tasks and able to work to deadlines
  • Work confidently within a group
  • Ability to obtain and process information.
  • Ability to create and/or edit written reports