Linguistics in the Working World: Interview with Laurel Sutton


The fine folks that are the Masters in Language and Communication (MLC) Program at Georgetown University interviewed me for their blog. Mostly we talked about how linguistics is applicable in the business world, that is, if you’re not going to get a job teaching linguistics. I like to think I sound like I know what I’m talking about, but you should be the judge of that. Here’s a little taste; it will only take you a few minutes to read the whole thing.

How should students interested in naming learn more about it?

Laurel says many naming companies take on interns during the summer, which is an ideal way for a student to get a feel for what naming is like. She emphasizes that “naming” involves numerous tasks and skill sets, and that within the industry, there are a lot of different positions. She recommends students who are interested in this type of direction for their careers start learning a bit about trademarks and marketing, admitting that she would have taken more business classes, since understanding these aspects are just as critical to the business of naming as the language aspect.

And yes, it is better than running a record store, except that I have to get up earlier in the morning.


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