When I was
little, I wanted to become a bakery owner, a singer, an actress, a
creative writer, and/or a Supreme Court justice. And back in
college and graduate school in South Korea, I
majored in English education and English literature. So becoming a
linguist was something that I didn't quite expect early on. But this
accidental path has taken me to a place that I'd call a utopia (well,
most of the time!).
People like me do linguistics
largely because it's fun, but the more important reason is that only
humans are endowed with linguistic ability that is unbounded in
scope, so by studying human language scientifically (which is what
linguists do for a living), we can have a
better understanding of the human mind and ultimately what it means to
be human in ways different from other species.
linguists are actually pretty good at baking, singing, judging, and even
acting, not to mention writing and arguing. So living as a
linguist has turned out to be not exactly incompatible with my
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