ERIC Number: ED100188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Getting a Linguistics Program Started?
Butters, Ronald R.
During the great increase in college enrollments of the 1950's and 1960's, many linguists saw opportunities for expanding the prominence and practice of linguistics by starting a linguistics program where there had been none before. New linguistics programs can no longer be justified in view of the current job market. The number of linguists being graduated each year far exceeds the number of available positions. Consequently, many linguists already trained will not work as linguists, through no choice of their own, in the coming decades. Students in our colleges and universities would be better off majoring in a more traditional, well-charted discipline, with the option of selecting as many linguistics electives, available in several different Departments, as their time and interests permit. This is not to say that existing linguistics departments must be broken up, but that the present balance between institutions with active linguistics departments and those without should be maintained. (PMP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association of America (New York, New York, December 27-29, 1974)