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- noun A person who is not a
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After more thinking about the all thing, a nonlinguist and I think there's a semantic distinction between what your original correspondent said (1) and what he thought he should have said (2).
Learning Latin is not the major task a nonlinguist might assume.
If a nonlinguist reads nonspecialist articles about linguists such as the generally excellent piece by John Searle (NYR, June 29, 1972), he may get the impression that a linguist spends most of his time being concerned about rationalism (if he is a transformational grammarian) or behaviorism (if he is a structuralist).
Selection of a nonlinguist as editor may well have brought a lively style.