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Cognitive Anthropology - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Jan. 25th, 2004

09:27 pm - Cognitive Anthropology

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From:culfinglin
Date:January 26th, 2004 05:17 pm (UTC)
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a bachelor's in linguistics? holy fucking shit. my one linguistics class inspired me to switch my emphasis, so i could not have to take it. i was done when i heard 'theta roles'. :P i think the class would have been fun, but it was entirely the wrong time to take it (i was already on an overload schedule of 24 units [the cap was 18] and working 40 hours a week between two jobs).
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 26th, 2004 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Haha. I took my first linguistics class because it filled a gen ed requirement. I took my second one because it filled a different gen ed requirement. I took my third one because it filled YET ANOTHER gen ed requirement. And then I was hooked. It was exactly fit to my style of thinking about the world and my interests in brains (but lack of interest in psych).

I'd actually never heard of Theta roles or theta role theory in all the linguistics (just googled it) that I took though we did touch on "agent/patient" distinctions and other such semantic concepts that theta role theory seems to encompass.

The thing about linguistics is that every school teaches a VERY different subset of the field. There's so many theories that you're most likely to learn the theories that the local profs are working on. So it could well be that I got the fun subset and you got the boring one. :)
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