What is a linguist?

linguist_at_workI am a linguist who studies workplace language. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to explain that I don’t speak lots of languages.  (The fact that I wish I had learned to earlier in life is a separate issue altogether.)That definition of a linguist is used almost exclusively within government, especially in the military. This delightful slideshow explains what the rest of us linguists do.

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