The Differences Between Native Speakers and Philologists

Philology is more commonly defined as the study of literary texts as well as oral and written records, the establishment of their authenticity and their original form, and the determination of their meaning. A person who pursues this kind of study is known as a philologist.

For the native speaker, the details about their language are simply a part of their identity. This is great because there is a naturalness to their speaking and writing. The philologist, on the other hand, can articulate the how’s and whys behind all of this. They understand the history and politics behind language development.


Situations Where a Native Speaker Might be More Effective Than a Philologist

Just like there are situations where an educated language expert is the best choice, sometimes a native speaker is the one for the job. The first situation is in the business world, especially in the areas of employee relations and sales and marketing. The ability to understand the common use, even slang can come in very handy in retail and other direct sales environments.

The service industry is also a place where native speakers can shine. Their ability to understand language in daily use, and to speak that language comfortably and clearly is very important.

Some other jobs where native speakers are likely to have an advantage are:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Primary and Elementary Education
  • Healthcare and Medicine
  • Counseling
  • Legal Affairs
  • Warehouse Factory and Manufacturing Work
  • Agriculture

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”
Mahatma Gandhi



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