wren gayle romano (winterkoninkje) wrote in ai_research,
wren gayle romano

Linguistics v. Cognitive Science

So, I'll be applying for doctoral programs in the fall and I have a question for those who are out there in the industry/academe. I'm working towards a career as a professor (or other research position, perhaps) and am curious about the merits of getting my doctorate in linguistics itself vs in cognitive science with a linguistics focus.

I have a BA in linguistics (with anthropology, and some psychology) and will be finishing up an MS/MSE in computer science (with a focus in artificial intelligence, and language/compiler design) next spring. I'm interested in the whole programme of cog.sci, though I'd like to get a professorship focusing on linguistics (or the moral equivalent for schools that lack a department as such). My interest in CS is the aforementioned AI (particularly biologically inspired, e.g. genetic algorithms, swarm intelligence, neural nets) and language/compiler design, as well as the theory end of systems science. Interest in computational linguistics is more along the lines of natural language processing and other more theoretical linguistic topics, rather than data mining or statistical analyses. Interest in linguistics is split between theory (esp. morphosyntax; OT; agglutinative syntax) and sociolinguistics (esp. re the effects of technology on society/language; gender/sexuality; Japanese and Korean).

My question is, how are cog.sci degrees received by the linguistics community? (or the CS/AI community for that matter?) I figure the discipline's been around long enough that it's not entirely unheard of, but I wonder if it would hamper my career goals by being too focused/outre. I know there's a glut of theoretical linguists out there, so it could also provide a nice edge. Also, I'm curious which cog.sci programs y'all think are good for the linguistic bent?

crossposted: linguistics, linguists, compling, ai_research, neurophilosophy

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