A descriptive linguist works to document the specific linguistic features of a given language.
- Using academic research as a means to open doors for the Gospel
- Preserving the language, culture and knowledge of minority people groups
- Academic linguistic research background and capabilities
- Clear written communication, especially regarding linguistic data
- Attention to detail and an analytical mind
Descriptive linguists study the linguistic structures of a language. These findings may be documented in journal articles or the Ethnologue to contribute to ongoing work with the language group. Descriptive linguists may also partner with governmental groups or other organizations to document or help preserve a minority language. The research can also be used to aid ongoing translation efforts among a language group.