Date: Thu, 28 Sep 1995 09:19:06 CDT
From: Erin McKean emm2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Subject: Re: Masters programs and beyond
RE: MA in Linguistics
Well, I'm working as a lexicographer with an MA from the University
of Chicago in Linguistics. Do I need the stuff I learned? No. Did I
enjoy getting the degree? Yes. Was it better than doing a BA or MA in
English? Hell, yes!
I find that English degrees in publishing seem to be like
belly buttons. Everyone's got one, so it's nothing special. I find
that a linguistics background while not essential for doing
dictionaries for schoolchildren, is certainly more interesting than
an English or teaching background. And interesting sometimes equals
Of course, take this with a grain of salt. I've always wanted to be
a lexicographer, and I really enjoyed getting my MA. . .but all
my research for my thesis and my independent study classes were
about dictionaries. If I had to do it over again, though, I'd
probably get a degree in computer science, with a minor in Linguistics.
So I agree with Lynne. If you love linguistics, then go for it. If you
just want to do research with a linguistical bent, try computer science.
alternate email address: erin.mckean[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]harpercollins.com