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On 11/28/2018 1:34 AM, enes sarıbaş via
I did my undergrad in language teaching, and was exempt from the
transcriptions, only just pronouncing the sounds directly, which
seemed fair. However, I feel this might not have been a good idea,
as I am currently doing a masters at Cambridge, and can't get
much out of the phonological theory course, as even the
instructor acknowledges that some theories, such as autosegment,
or geometric phonology are visual. I definitely don't want to
skimp on the understanding of the phonological theories as a
potential professor, I don't want to have defesits in my
knowledge of linguistics in any field.
On 11/28/2018 1:24 AM, Brian Vogel
If you want my serious recommendation it would be to have a
sit-down with your department head, and any other faculty in
your program, and ask them their opinion as to a path through a
linguistics degree, particularly an advanced one, without
phonetic transcription being a big part of it.
I have to believe there is a path through, though I would
imagine it would involve a specifically designed undergraduate
path as well as a clear idea as to what your graduate focus will
be and that it not involve phonetics (transcription directly,
not an understanding of, which of course you'll have).
They are in a far better place to give you informed opinion, and
the direct assistance with program design that you'll need, than
I can. There's nothing wrong with reasonable accommodations in
academic pursuit, particularly if your desired area of specialty
does not rely on an area of study that's not essential to it in
any meaningful sense.
Brian - Windows 10
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