Why Linguists Can Always Have an Intelligent Comment on EVERYTHING.
If you are a linguist you already know this.
What is “this”?
I’ve not said yet.
Here it is: “Linguists have the ability to make an informed comment about anything.“
Disagree? Care to comment? You will probably be articulating your disagreement using words strung together coherently, which falls in the domain of linguistic analysis.
What is more, conceptualization of reality informs the structure of meaning, so, as cognitive linguists we have the right to try to figure out what it is in the situated context that evoked meaning and enabled your coherence, which again, falls within the domain of our expertise as linguists.
Language pervades everything that anyone can conceive, it crosses domains in all forms of industry, the entire range of emotions, cultures, beliefs, procedures, and since humans operate in a world described and controlled by language, linguists have keys to understanding that exist on another level all together.
If it exists outside of the utility of language, in our feebleness as lesser beings we can still attempt to describe it using language; which again, is in our range of expertise.
This is not arrogance; this is the nature of being a student of conceptualization.