In undergrad I did a double major in math and linguistics, and I really fell in love with both fields. To be honest, I can't imagine ever fully giving up either one. I have a strong desire to go into academia, and my ideal situation would be to work at intersection of these two fields to some degree. There is a small body of pure math research that is motivated by questions from linguistics, and there's a larger amount of research that uses applied math in computational linguistics and adjacent subfields. My plan, since finishing undergrad, has basically been to try to pursue a PhD in (pure or applied) math, and then eventually get involved in these math-adjacent areas of linguistics in some capacity down the line. This seemed like a good plan for the general sort of work I was interested in doing.
Anyway, this year I applied to graduate programs in both fields. In math I got into a few masters programs, none especially highly ranked (though certainly not bad schools). No PhD programs. In linguistics, to my extreme surprise, I got into a very prestigious PhD program with full funding. I feel like I'd be a fool not to take the offer. However, I am still somewhat conflicted, because I really do want to be involved with math, and I fear that there is far less permeability across fields in the linguistics -> math direction than in the math -> linguistics direction.
I have talked with the person who would very likely be my advisor at said linguistics program; he works in math adjacent areas, and he told me that there would be opportunities for me to take relevant math classes if that's where I ended up. With this in mind: if my academic credentials say "linguistics" on paper, but I end up with a reasonably strong background in (certain areas of) math as well, will it be prohibitively difficult for me to get involved in mathematics research in some capacity (e.g. publishing in a math journal)? If I take the linguistics offer and then decide I'd really have preferred the math route, what are my options? Etc.
If anyone can speak to any of this in any way it would be hugely helpful. I have to decide by the 15th, so any thoughts or advice as soon as possible are very appreciated!