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Poll: Do you study linguistics in your spare time?
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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 19:06
Turkish to English
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No Aug 24, 2014

Actually, I have a degree in linguistics, although that was a long time ago, but the study that I do in my spare time nowadays revolves around my specialist translation areas, mainly law text books and, recently, I started a text book on shipping.

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 17:06
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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No Aug 24, 2014

I’ve read occasionally published papers and articles on linguistics and I did watch a very interesting documentary about the Pirahã people, but I do not study (never have) linguistics per se, it’s just part of my love and interest for languages.

 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:06
Russian to English
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I think I have studied most of it already (as a part of a program) Aug 24, 2014

and working on various projects, but I read articles on linguistics all the time, and materials about various languages, new theories, etc. There is always a lot of new material to read. After all, we have about 7,000 languages. Journals would be the best source of reliable material.

[Edited at 2014-08-24 09:20 GMT]


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 01:06
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Yes, sort of Aug 24, 2014

I am very in tune with and sensitive to changes and fluctuations in the language spoken around me, especially the Kansai dialect spoken in the Osaka and Kyoto areas. If I encounter something new or out of the norm, I make a mental note and think why that person spoke in that way.

I would call this ' practical field research' though not 'linguistics' in the strict academic sense of the word.


 

Leon Ivanihin  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:06
Member (2011)
English to Russian
Yes, sure! Aug 24, 2014

Though I am professional translator (EN>RU), it does not mean, that I can't learn ANOTHER language just for pleasure. So in my spare time I learn Italian and find it fun and useful for my travels. This is not single of my hobbies.

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 18:06
Member (2006)
German to English
No, would not mind doing Aug 24, 2014

so, but I have my family, job, little leisure time, and unfortunately the day only has 24 hours.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 09:06
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Other - not any more Aug 24, 2014

I studied linguistics for more than 30 years. I have 88 academic units in linguistic theory (30 semester-long courses) from studies for the bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees. That's not counting courses in languages. Since my graduation, I have written numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. I deserve a vacation.

[Edited at 2014-08-24 10:17 GMT]


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 18:06
Spanish to English
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No Aug 24, 2014

Spare...?

 

Rudolf Frans Maulany  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 18:06
English to Indonesian
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Yes Aug 24, 2014

Because I started my carrier firsts as a medical doctor and then as a translator I had to compensate this mostly by studying linguistics in my spare time.

 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:06
English to Spanish
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Italian is a beautiful language Aug 24, 2014

Leon Ivanihin wrote:

Though I am professional translator (EN>RU), it does not mean, that I can't learn ANOTHER language just for pleasure. So in my spare time I learn Italian and find it fun and useful for my travels. This is not single of my hobbies.


...but the question was about linguistics, not language.

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Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:06
English to Spanish
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Linguistics studies Aug 24, 2014

Since linguistics is, as I see it, an umbrella term for a variety of disciplines, I would say I prefer to read on applied linguistics: translation theory in practical terms, the brain and language development, translation studies, that sort of thing.

I also have a thing for lexicography.


 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:06
Hebrew to English
Meh Aug 24, 2014

I did it for my degree so it sometimes feels a bit too much like work, and there are also many areas of linguistics that don't interest me in the slightest (hello psycholinguistics/neurolinguistics).

However, I do like reading anything I can on sociolinguistics, language variation and change, linguistic purism, amongst other things.


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 18:06
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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Yes Aug 24, 2014

Now and then, when I find something interesting, but I don't feel obliged to.

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 14:06
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Two aspects about this question Aug 24, 2014

1) Once again, a question that depends on the person's age and experience. I'd say translators after a certain age no longer use their spare time to study linguistics (my case) as we have already done that for many years, earlier in our lives.

2) We are constantly studying linguistics indirectly while we work and search for terms, not in our spare time.

[Edited at 2014-08-24 15:43 GMT]


 
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