Not even joking right now.
Reason why I’m not a syntactician #87
Can I dance my syntax paper on verb movement in Scandinavian languages in the light of the synchronic/diacronic dichotomy (yeah, that’s a mouthful, I need something catchier and shorter)?
Because sincerely, I feel that it would be a lot clearer than anything I could ever write! I’ve been listening to the same song (from the We don’t live here anymore soundtrack) over and over again while working on this, and I swear my thoughts are perfectly in sync with the tune! My syntax professor is sort of eccentric, maybe she would go for it!
I swore to myself that I wasn’t gonna take as many classes next semester, since I’ll have to concentrate more on my research (and trying to keep up with 5 grad courses and a research project is exhausting)! That was until the course offering for Fall 2012 was out! Here’s what I have to choose from:
- Structure of Old English
- Old Church Slavonic
- History of the Romance Languages
- Language Typology
- Yiddish Linguistics
- Old Norse
Except maybe for History of Romance Languages, none of these are particularly relevant for my current research, but I still have to come up with an idea for a second A-paper (Cornell’s idea of quals, more or less) and although I have a few very very general areas of interest in mind, I’d still like to try new things.
I already know that I have to take Semantics I and the Indo-European Workshop, and that I’m teaching beginner French four times a week. Given that, the question is, how many classes is too many classes? Can I take four and get away with it, or should I painfully restrict myself to three + teaching + research?
Do you have ideas? Opinions? Commentaries?
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I’ve seen this picture before, but with all the recent talk about prescriptivism and descriptivism on my dashboard, I thought it was funny and appropriate!