Day: February 3, 2016

Do I need a good understanding of mathematics in order to excel at linguistics?

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Posted in categories: General Language, Linguistics

IMHO: for most disciplines no. Steve Rapaport has spoken on Applied Linguistics; but Applied Linguistics is a very different discipline to Theoretical/General. Phonetics is an experimental science, so you’ll need statistics there. Reconstructing in historical linguistics requires a degree of rigour and thinking in terms of rules which is a bit like maths, but only […]