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  • She is a linguist specializing in Native American languages.
  • "And Master Linguist," said the Chancellor.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I refused to become a princess but adopted the titles of Court Linguist and Cook’s Helper.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • The island blacks of South Carolina are famous among linguists for their Gullah dialect.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • It was a letter of introduction, from Abbot Alexander, commending his nephew, James Fraser, to the attention of the Chevalier-St. George—otherwise known as His Majesty King James of Scotland—as a most proficient linguist and translator.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Aren’t there professors like yourself, former writers, historians, linguists .
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • He had just been reading the work of the linguist Noam Chomsky.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • I’m no linguist myself, but I know what I call Shopping and Hotel-snappy bits in French and German and Italian.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Indeed there were several eminent linguists of the opinion that this was how the noun originated.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He examined without wrath, and with the eye of a linguist who is deciphering a palimpsest, that portion of chaos which still exists in nature.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • What linguists call speech rate — the number of speech sounds per second — equalizes.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • She was a perfect linguist, a first-rate artist, wrote poetry, and composed music; to the study of the latter she professed to be entirely devoted, following it with an indefatigable perseverance, assisted by a schoolfellow,—a young woman without fortune whose talent promised to develop into remarkable powers as a singer.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Could a linguist, could a grammarian, could even a mathematician have seen what she did, have witnessed their appearance together, and heard their history of it, without feeling that circumstances had been at work to make them peculiarly interesting to each other?
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Greek Epic in the Eighth Century B.C. We can glimpse the traditions behind The Iliad only indirectly, for it is the oldest Greek poem we have; linguists place it earlier than The Odyssey by about a generation (though our tools are not sharp enough to exclude the possibility that both poems were composed by a single, long-lived singer).
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Most linguists I know aren’t.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • She took advantage, therefore, of the means of study the place offered her; and as she was already a musician and a good linguist, she speedily went through the little course of study which was considered necessary for ladies in those days.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • But to the purpose; for we cite our faults, That they may hold excus’d our lawless lives; And, partly, seeing you are beautified With goodly shape, and by your own report A linguist, and a man of such perfection As we do in our quality much want— SECOND OUTLAW.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Living as he now lived was like reading a good book in a poor translation—a meagre entertainment for a young man who felt that he might have been an excellent linguist.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • This is your devoted friend, sir, the manifold linguist, and the armipotent soldier.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • Mr Plornish could not conceal his exultation in her accomplishments as a linguist.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Ay, there are linguists in the settlements that can do still more.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • These cats do their best, but they’re not linguists.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • I am a linguist of the field.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • The linguists in the crowd.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Charles W. F. Dumas was a Dutch radical and friend of Franklin, a schoolmaster, linguist, and man of letters.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • I was finishing my training when a notice came around inviting linguists to apply for specialist service abroad.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • A born linguist, Molly began to learn a Senegalese local language, Wolof, and then signed up for the Peace Corps in Senegal.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Sociologists and linguists probably will tell you that a person’s developing language skills are more influenced by peers.
    Amy Tan  --  Mother Tongue
  • Many linguists have tried to understand Babel, the question of why human language tends to fragment, rather than converging on a common tongue?
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Linguists would challenge Prince Charles on two grounds: First, the concept of "words that shouldn’t be" is alien to the freedom inherent in English.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Living as he now lived was like reading a good book in a poor translation—a meagre entertainment for a young man who felt that he might have been an excellent linguist.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Backward I see in my own days where I sweated through fog with linguists and contenders, I have no mockings or arguments, I witness and wait.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • To help us translate their work, many of America’s leading linguists have lent their skills to our project.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • At the end of this book is a list of all the linguists we have consulted, with their affiliations.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • John McWhorter, a linguist at Stanford, entitled his latest book Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Linguists draw their own maps to mark different dialect areas.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Sheidlower is the young Brooklyn-born American editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and a descriptivist linguist.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The freedom and inventiveness of American usage reminds some linguists of how the English language was in Shakespeare’s day.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • To linguists that is a myth.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • In the 1980s, a few elderly people still spoke Gullah, a dialect linguists trace back to the African slave trade.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Linguists regard this as a hoary myth, because the "old-time" words or expressions offered as evidence do not add up to what is claimed.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • More recently, linguists began marking dialect areas not by different vocabulary but by how differently words were pronounced.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • So it is on pronunciation that linguists have focused their search for change and its causes.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The linguists we interviewed believe that the media can be useful in spreading vocabulary and causing innovations to be picked up and spread faster.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • It avoids what linguists call the intrusive "r," pronouncing saw as sawr or, as John Kennedy did, Cuba as Cuber.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The linguist told the producer he was barking up the wrong tree, but he wouldn’t take no for an answer.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Linguist Walt Wolfram sees a lessening of the colonial linguistic mentality.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • We hold strong opinions about accents different from our own, and linguist Dennis Preston, of Michigan State University, has made those opinions his special study.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Linguists are impressed by how stable the traditional boundaries remain, between North, Midland, and South dialect regions, even with all the modern movement of people.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • But with modern bridges and roads the two sounds have migrated back and forth across the river, in what linguists call a bleedover effect, and the two dialects merge a little.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
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