It’s unclear to UD why Sussex University without any consultation has shut down its linguistics program.

Usually UD doesn’t blog about such things, not having the time to explore in depth particular – and perhaps complicated – decisions of this sort at any given university. But in this case she makes an exception, since this seems an uncontroversially strong program in a crucial academic field.

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5 Responses to “Linguistics at Sussex”

  1. Chris Says:

    Yes, this is very sad news indeed… Unfortunately, many linguistics departments across Europe are quite small, which often makes administrators want to shut them down (and sometimes bigger departments such as English or German can be behind such moves)….

  2. Cane Caldo Says:

    To avoid splitting the pot of students?

  3. RM Says:

    No, it’s just raw territoriality, as in much of the animal kingdom, and greed for the largest possible share of the available resources. I spent 40 years in the trenches of the humanities at an Ivy-League university, and my wife kept my spirits up when things got really disgusting by reminding me that we share almost all of our DNA with chimpanzees. This biological fact explains Dean Rusk’s trenchant observation that "the reason academic politics are so vicious is because the stakes are so small," as well as many other things about university life (behind the scenes, of course). See also Cornford’s classic little book titled "Microcosmographia Academica." UD hasn’t even scratched the surface of what it’s like inside the whited sepulchures of the Ivy League. (And keep up the good work, UD! Your blog is widely read and widely appreciated. Thank you!)

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    RM: Thank you for those kind words!

  5. Cane Caldo Says:

    1. Whoa! You really are from academia–great pharisee reference.

    2. How common is face-ripping?

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