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    specialty vs specialization

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    Searching the internet I came across the following definition: "As nouns the difference between specialty and specialization

    is that specialty is that in which one specializes; a chosen expertise or talent while specialization is the process of specializing. "

    I also came across this sentence:"
    Brian is a linguist whose specialization is phonology".

    According to the definition above, shouldn't we say "....whose specialty is phonology"?

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    Re: specialty vs specialization

    There is overlap between those two, and in that example, either can work.

    However, e.g.,

    You'll have to try the ice cream here. It's a local specialty. [Here, "specialization" would be wrong.]

    The specialization of labour is key to economic development. [Here, "specialty" would be wrong.]

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