Date: Thu, 28 Sep 1995 09:19:06 CDT From: Erin McKean 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 hired. 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. Erin McKean Thorndike-Barnhart Dictionaries alternate email address: erin.mckean[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]