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A person who has enthusiasm for, say, language is a language enthusiast. What is a person who is passionate about language called?

Example sentence: He is a [passionate guy] in linguistics.

The closest word structurally is expert (He is an expert in linguistics), but a word that represents passion, not expertise.

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    I don't think there is one from passion. Most people use passionate person, or add enthusiast (or synonyms) as suffix. – NVZ Jan 8 '17 at 18:13
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    Well, you do see aficionado, which means both to like very much and be passionate about. Though it is not analogous in the way you would like with the same Latin root though it is from Spanish, a Latin language. – Lambie Jan 8 '17 at 18:18
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    @Tom22 - I see what you are saying, but a career and a passion for it, do not always go hand in hand. – Anand Jan 8 '17 at 19:13
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    @Rathony He is a <passionate guy> in linguistics. The closest word structurally is expert (He is an expert in linguistics), but a word that represents passion, not expertise. – Anand Jan 8 '17 at 22:34
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    Possible duplicate of What's a synonym for a passionate person? – WS2 Jan 9 '17 at 0:54
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Buff

A person who is enthusiastically interested in and very knowledgeable about a particular subject:

‘a computer buff’

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Someone who loves languages is called a linguaphile:

linguaphile - noun

a lover of languages

  • He took a Chinese language training, he's a real linguaphile.

Macmillan Dictionary

There is no established noun form equivalent to enthusiast.

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    While it certainly answers part of the question, I don't think that is what OP asked for. "What is the noun form of “passion” analogous to “enthusiast” for “enthusiasm”?" – NVZ Jan 8 '17 at 18:10
  • Good to know - I just picked an example to illustrate the use of "enthusiast". – Anand Jan 8 '17 at 19:05
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    Maybe passionista? – Jim Jan 8 '17 at 20:41
  • I considered that, but it has only made the Urban Dictionary (and indicates someone who is excessively enthusiastic about something). Also, it has an established religious usage and so may not make a very good loan word. – Mick Jan 8 '17 at 20:52
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Devotee

works with some words/fields better than others

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/devotee

devotee

noun dev·o·tee \ˌde-ˌvō-ˈtē, ˌdē-, ˌdā-, də-, -ˈtā\

an ardent follower, supporter, or enthusiast (as of a religion, art form, or sport)

He was a Jazz devotee. She was a devotee to the Bahaus school of design .

She was a devotee to the appreciation of many languages? She was a devotee to liguistics

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