For the past several months, I’ve been corresponding with a linguist professor from Australia. At first it was started with questions concerning scholarship. But then it continued to something else. Linguistics and being a linguist.
Professor Nicholas Evans has given me the insight of what is the meaning of being a linguist. He sent a self-written book “Dying Words” which has shown me not only the door to what linguistics is, but it has also provided me the best seat to see linguistics from a different perspective.
One day I asked him about what contribution he has made by being a linguist. And his answer is forever engraved in my heart.
There is wisdom in every language…every culture… which is not available in other cultures, thus other languages. This is due to the uniqueness of each individual culture and language. The job of a linguist is to uncover the wisdom.