How to become a professor in LINGUISTICS

In this interview Prof. von Fintel, linguistics professor at MIT stresses the importance of making a conscious career choice. One of the reasons why pursuing an academic career in linguistics is risky is that linguistics professionals face difficulties in re-purposing their knowledge and skills in other job fields other than academia. According to Prof. von Fintel “training for a PhD in linguistics (and many other sciences) is not necessarily a direct job qualification for anything other than an academic job (which there are very few of); linguists are often successful in switching careers (law, publishing, software) but it’s not a straightforward move”.

More specifically you will learn:

  • Why pursuing an academic career in linguistics is an “all or nothing” decision
  • What are the most relevant journals and conferences in SEMANTICS
  • Why collaborating with other authors is the best way to publish consistently

About Prof. Kai von Fintel

kaiProfessor Kai von Fintel is a professor of linguistics, with specialization in semantics, pragmatics, philosophy of language, and intersections thereof. He is the editor of a new open access journal on semantics and pragmatics.
Professor von Fintel is also Associate Dean of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and has been employed there since 1993. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1994 with a PhD in Linguistics. He and his wife,two kids, two cats, and a dog live in an intentional community (Mosaic Commons Cohousing) in Berlin, Massachusetts. He is a runner. Likes soccer a lot and was born on a cold winter’s night in a small village on the Luneburg Heath in Northern Germany.


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