Mark A. Mandel Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Wed Mar 7 16:58:23 UTC 2001

Larry writes:

How do others feel about the distinction between "dialectologist" and

I maintain it. A dialectician, as far as I'm concerned, deals with
dialectic (argument, history, Marxist...), and a dialectologist studies

As for "linguist", in non-professional contexts I usually say "I'm a
linguist, a scientist of language", and get the distinction in at the

"Asking a linguist how many languages she speaks is like asking a doctor
how many diseases he has."

   Mark A. Mandel : Dragon Systems, a Lernout & Hauspie company
          Mark_Mandel at : Senior Linguist
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                     (speaking for myself)

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