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Can I study for an undergraduate degree in Linguistics if I do not speak another language and have not studied another language to A-level?

asked 2015-11-24 16:06:40 -0400

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I'm a native English speaker with A-levels in Maths, Biology and Psychology. My parents both speak other languages fluently and I have studied French and Spanish in the past, gaining an A in GCSE level Spanish. I am wondering if, as linguists, you believe I would succeed, approaching this field from a scientific background, with a more psychological viewpoint, focusing on child language acquisition and the development of the English language, without speaking another language?

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answered 2015-12-05 05:30:24 -0400

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Many linguists speak only one language fluently. Most linguistics programs include courses designed to expose students to a variety of language types. Given that there are 7000 languages currently spoken, understanding the properties of many languages is more relevant for being a linguist than fluency in two or three.

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