Linguistics personal statement sample work
Linguistics is the scientific study of languages, which is an interdisciplinary field with close association with all fields of life. We are able to express or impact the knowledge we have to others through communication which entails the use of a certain language; therefore it’s of no debate that attaining some skills in this field is a common need to everyone.
I have undergone an intensive training in various basic components of linguistics study and research under my B.A in Education program in which I prioritized ESL and English linguistics. My skills in the field have greatly developed with my experience in teaching English to Secondary School students in Japan for the last 18 years hence have gained a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the community’s anthropology and social-culture interactions.
I have a passion in carrying out informative research and writings in; cognitive linguistics, anthropological linguistics, language typology, or linguistic relativity. The four core areas of study are of great significance in the understanding any group as they enhance tolerance and solidarity suitable for development of good relationship and co-existence among different communities.
Linguistic anthropology is basically a broad field which aims at studying a language from anthropological perspective. The linguistics in the field has described the language as a sophisticated sign system that defines constitution of the society; moreover, it’s responsible for some of the specific practices. Other than being a significant icon of communication, language plays an important role in classification of experience, identification of people, things, ideas, emotions, in accounting for the past and in the planning for the future which is critical for joint activities and problem solving.
There is a need to appreciate the existence of a great linguistic diversity; in past decade typology has channeled itself out of how it was traditionally viewed where it was used as an alternative method in pursuing one of the same goals as generative grammar to determine the limit of possible human languages hence contributing to a universal theory of grammar.
A cognitive research carried out on a group of Japanese and Spanish suggested that language profoundly influences the way people see the world, a release that brutally jogged the minds of many academicians in the linguistic world.
Linguistic relativity is an interesting topic of study in any environment, Pourcel agrees with Benjamin Whorf’s 19th century’s work that the structures of language influence the way we think about the reality and he concludes that, the picture of the world that is depicted by our languages becomes different according to our linguistic input.
A close study of one’s language can unveil substantial information in his way of life, practice or belief. Therefore, linguistic study can be utilized as an effective channel for sourcing history. This becomes of great importance more so with the recent increased disappearance in such historical background due to accelerated civilization as this would help us in understanding our culture better than before. These facts among many other and the passion I have in joining other researchers in the institutions of higher learning in venturing and exploring anthropological research have prompted me into having a need to further my education.