linguister

linguister

(ˈlɪŋɡwɪstə)
n
(Linguistics) US an interpreter. Also called: lingster or linkster
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“Perhaps she didn’t understand you, woman; you are none of the best linguister; and then Miss Lizzy has been exercising the king’s English under a great Lon’on lady, and, for that matter, can talk the language almost as well as myself, or any native-born British subject.
"Look you here, old grey-beard," said Ishmael, seizing the trapper, and whirling him round as if he had been a top; "that I am tired of carrying on a discourse with fingers and thumbs, instead of a tongue, ar' a natural fact; so you'll play linguister and put my words into Indian, without much caring whether they suit the stomach of a Red- skin or not."
Em contexto posterior, no seculo XIX, na regiao de Cabinda, registra-se o termo linguester ou linguister para designar agentes centrais que operavam a intermediacao entre as chefias africanas locais e o comercio atlantico, que tinham entre seus atributos o de serem interpretes, como aponta Marcos Abreu.
"Linguister" stems from the Portuguese word linguista, used for a spokesman, agent or interpreter.
According to North, The Narcissus is for Conrad a mobile, polyglot linguistic community in which language properly belongs only to "linguisters," castaways whose position between the cultures they translate gives them insight into the infinite fungibility of language.