Profession linguist

Linguists study languages scientifically. They master languages and can interpret them in terms of their grammatical, semantic, and phonetic characteristics. They research the evolution of language and the way it is used by societies.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Conventional
  • Artistic / Social

Knowledge

  • Phonetics

    The physical properties of speech sounds such as how their are produced, their acoustic properties and neurophysiological status.

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Spelling

    The rules concerning the way words are spelled.

  • Semantics

    The branch of linguistics that studies meaning; it analyses of words, phrases, signs, and symbols and the relation between them.

  • Linguistics

    The scientific study of language and its three aspects, language form, language meaning, and language in context.

  • Grammar

    The set of structural rules governing the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language.

Skills

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Write scientific papers

    Present the hypothesis, findings, and conclusions of your scientific research in your field of expertise in a professional publication.

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Study acquisition of language

    Examine how people learn languages, from childhood or in later stages of life, how this knowledge interacts with other cognitive processes, and how it can differ from language to language and across geographic areas.

  • Speak different languages

    Master foreign languages to be able to communicate in one or more foreign languages.

Optional knowledge and skills

write research proposals conduct public surveys manage ict semantic integration develop terminology databases history of literature computer engineering apply teaching strategies practical lexicography develop technical glossaries translate language concepts use consulting techniques develop scientific theories improve translated texts conduct field work theoretical lexicography pronunciation techniques history computer science anthropology literature cooperate in linguistic process steps postediting teach languages terminology journalism interview focus groups forensic linguistics cultural history