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Introduction Thread
« on: December 17, 2013, 04:42:17 PM »
Who are you?  Where did you come from?  What is your connection to linguistics? Introduce yourself!

My name's Cory and I'm a Canadian living in the UK with my English husband. I've just started a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Southampton, researching the possibility of identifying theory of mind in the archaeological record and this informing past hominid language ability. 

I became interested in linguistics when I was 17 and read Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct, and that led to doing a BA in linguistics at Simon Fraser University in Canada. I started minoring in archaeology, which led to my interest in the Palaeolithic and started a curiosity as to why there was no discussion of language origins and evolution in any of my linguistics courses. I moved to the UK to do a Masters in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic archaeology focusing on the evolution of language, and ended up finding a husband and staying. 

I now consider myself more of an archaeologist than a linguist, and enjoy going on Palaeolithic excavations in the summer :)

Pleased to meet you all!
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Re: Introduction Thread
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2013, 04:51:45 PM »
Hi everyone!

I'm Daniel, a Ph.D. student in Linguistics, with an interest in just about everything related to linguistics and languages, but especially morphosyntax, semantics, typology and psycholinguistics.

I also enjoy studying languages and have now studied about 15 formally, though I can't claim to speak most of them. I'm a native speaker of English, and I'd consider myself strongly conversational in Spanish, plus I can read just about any European language at this point, at least with a dictionary. But mostly I enjoy the experience and like the benefit of being able to have some idea what's going on in many languages while doing my research.

Of course you're welcome to ask me any questions about using the forums or anything else :)
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Re: Introduction Thread
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2013, 10:18:40 PM »
Hello all! I'm John, a post-doc who uses computational methods to understand language acquisition and use. I'm most interested in first language acquisition, and using structured probabilistic models to measure the utility of different biases for learning linguistic structures. I'm also interested in the role of different notions of "efficient communication" in language behavior.

I'm an American and did a BA/MA in Linguistics at the Ohio State University, and then decided leave the US for a bit ;) I recently completed my PhD in Scotland (at the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics), and now I'm post-doc-ing in Australia in the department of Computing of Macquarie University.
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Re: Introduction Thread
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2013, 10:09:13 AM »
Hi there!

My family name, Guijarro (= pebble), comes from the Iberian language (if we are to believe philologists). Indeed, although I was born in Caracas (Venezuela) during the Spanish Civil War, I was brought back to Spain when I was 7 months old and never returned to my original country. So, I am Spanish, and live now in the very south of the Peninsula (Seville, for me, is up north!).

I came to Linguistics very late in my career, for I started and got a BA in Law at the Complutense in Madrid (1953-58), and did a Master Degree in Comparative Law at SMU in Dallas Texas (1962-63). I don't know what happened, then, but I decided that I hated law (and order), and so I went back to the University on the wrong side of the situation. First in Madrid (1964-67), then in Paris (1967-68) where I got very much involved in the 1968 riots (I just told you I hated law and order at that time!). I then came back to Spain, ended my degree in German and found a place as assistant teacher of English at the University of Salamanca (1969-1975) where I started teaching American Literature (Henry David Thoreau was the subject of my first university course on the right side of the situation).

My sister had married an English linguist, Julian Dakin, who died abruptly at 30. I then decided to go to Edinmburgh, where they lived (Julian was a Linguistics professor at that University), to stay with my widowed sister. I asked to be accepted in the Applied Linguistics Department (15, Buccleuch Place) and, as a brother in law of the deceased professor, I was immediately admitted on the wrong side of the situation yet again!).

I ended my diploma in Applied Linguistics (1972), went back to the right side of the situation at Salamanca and, from then on, I have dedicated my life to Linguistics. I left the university for the north of France, Lille, where a lady of my liking was working in 1978, spent a bohemian year there playing my guitar and selling my drawings and pictures for my living, and eventually, ended my love affair and my bohemian life, going back to teach morphosyntactics at the University of Seville (1979) where I stayed a couple of years.

The new created University of Cadiz needed a Linguistics professor, so I applied to it, since I love the sea and couldn't stand the summer heat in Seville. And here, since 1981, I spent the rest of my 30 odd professional years, created the English Department, and went on until 2007, when, coming to age (70!), they gave me the sack, although to make it less unpalatable named me emeritus professor (which in Latin means, useless professor).

In Spain we have a fictional character, "el agüelete Cebolleta" (the Little Onion Grandpa), who is the old chap who tries to tell everybody his life story ...

You may call me that, if you wish (you are entitled to it, after reading the above!), or use my first name, José Luis, or simply call me Guijarro in Spanish or (bloody) Pebble in English. You have a wide panoply to chose from as you see!

To end it all, be warned that I am a chomskyan in Linguistics and a Relevance Theorist in Pragmatics. Apart from that, my 15 year old daughter tells me that I am the ugliest chap on earth.

I don't believe her!


 


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Re: Introduction Thread
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2014, 03:51:06 PM »
I suppose since I plan on being a contributing member of this forum that I'll introduce myself, briefly.

Hi, my name's Ian. I've had an amateur interest in language typology for as long as I can remember. I always liked knowing who spoke what where, but the extent of my interest rarely went beyond that. I studied Spanish in high school, Arabic for a year or so after high school, Serbian in college, and most recently Finnish. It wasn't until I studied Serbian that I realized I had a real passion for linguistics, and morphology in particular. I ended up randomly taking a linguistics course somewhat late in my college career and was immediately enamored, it was only then that I realized that there was an actual discipline that focused on the things I was interested in. I declared linguistics as my second major and started from there.

My primary interests in linguistics apply to the lower layers mostly, anything from phonetics up to syntax. I like the interfaces between modules, like morphophonology and morphosyntax. The language families that I am most interested in (and have most experience with) are (predictably) Uralic, Northeast and Northwest Caucasian, and Eskimo-Aleut.

I'm currently hoping to get accepted to a MA program in Finland. Wish me luck. :)
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Re: Introduction Thread
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2014, 02:24:08 PM »
Hello, my name is Logan. I'm a hopeful Master's candidate for Historical Linguistics at Ball State.

Also, I happen to be a newlywed. Hoping to have some good conversation about linguistic development and philology.

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Re: Introduction Thread
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2014, 01:13:20 AM »
Hello everyone,

I am Annie from Jakarta and currently living in Jakarta, the big city in Indonesia.
I finished high school in 2005. After two years, I got an opportunity to do a degree in English Language Teaching. I graduated in 2011. And now I am doing my Master's in Linguistics in Language and Culture (cos I love both language and culture) at the University of Indonesia. I hope to finish my studies in early of 2015.

Right now I'm in semester 3 and thinking hard of what to write for thesis.
Soon, I probably will post a question relating to my thesis ideas ha ha.
Oh, I know I studied English and I'm an English teacher, actually. But I'm aware that I still make a lot of mistakes in English, so, I hope you all understand.
I joined this forum to practice my English, too. Need your guidance...

So, I hope I can contribute to this forum and learn with you all  :)

Cheers,
annie

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Re: Introduction Thread
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2014, 07:10:14 AM »
Hello! I'm a shade-tree linguist, with a love of languages and linguistics going on a few decades now. I've never had the opportunity to study beyond a few classes in my undergrad and graduate years. I read linguistics texts for fun.  So yes, I'm a geek.

Linguistics-wise, my interests lie (lay?) in morphology, historical linguistics (esp. Slavic and Celtic), contact linguistics (code-switching is terribly interesting), pidgins & creoles, sociolinguistics (esp. military jargon), American Indian languages (I'd love to do field work on this topic).

Languages I've studied to varying proficiency-successes include: Russian (best was 2+/2+ on ACTFL's scale), Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (best: 3/2+), Slovene (also 3/2+ at one time), Czech (only 1/1), German (2/1+), Spanish, Esperanto, Irish, Cornish, Old English, French, Middle Egyptian (love the history of that language).  I might be missing some.  OH! Lakota, just a bit.

I'm a recently retired military member who is now a guvvie. I have a dream at some point in my future, when I can afford it, to offer myself up to some linguistics department somewhere as free labor to help with field work of some kind. (I guess you'd call that amateur linguistics?)

OK, that's enough from me.

Cheers,
Mike
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Re: Introduction Thread
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2014, 07:56:51 AM »
Hi there!

I am French and I live in England. I studied English (language, civilisation, literature) at uni and I'm spending one year in Yorkshire as a French Language Assistant. I love English and I'm interested in all aspects of the English civlisation, culture... I also love linguistics, though I've only ever followed one course at uni. I've been looking for a place like this for some time, but I didn't go for the obvious before...

My interest lies mainly in historical linguistics I think. I also like to simply learn new languages, but I've never studied any of them -- except English -- very seriously. At present I'm trying to teach myself Norwegian and I'm hoping to be admitted in an English MA at Oslo Uni in two years' time. I have basic knowledge of Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish and Icelandic.
I've been wanting to try Celtic languages for some time but I never really went for it. This interest was somewhat revived when I watched Brave -- yes, the Disney movie -- a few days ago.


I'm happy I've found a place like this and I hope I can help in some way. By the way, please don't hesitate to correct my mistakes if you're up for it, by all means.


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Trompette

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Re: Introduction Thread
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2014, 11:54:45 PM »
Hello. My name is Alexander and I was named after Alexander the Great. I come from the USA and recently came back from visiting a couple of friends in the Ukraine. I came to this site to satisfy my obsession with language. I used to program a little and read a lot and I work with hispanics as well as the occasional foreign exchange students so no surprise. I was hoping that someone ere could help me better understand the Spanish verb "versar," because I've had some difficulty with this one. :) Anyway, it's nice to be here. :D

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Good morning, all!
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2014, 08:27:06 AM »
My name is Kerry Parsons, and my penname is William Parsons. I am a writer of short stories, novels, and screenplays, and I'm a ghostwriter. I always try to get my language correct, and I spend much time building characters, which includes their heritage, which of course includes their linguistic ancestry. I suspect I will be picking the brains of you on this forum quite often.

On the academic side of things, I have a B.L.A. with a concentration in Latin from the University of the State of New York, an M.A.Ed. from the University of Phoenix, and I am currently in Phoenix's School of Advanced Studies working toward my Ed.D. (Doctor of Education) degree with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction.

It is terrific to be aboard and amongst you fine folks.
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Re: Introduction Thread
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2014, 07:30:59 PM »
Hello everyone!

I am currently studying linguistics independently. Though I am still very new to the subject, it is a topic of interest for me. I have considered going to university to do a linguistics major but I have not made a decision yet.

I hope this forum will be of assistance to my study of linguistics and that I may be of assistance to others.

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Re: Introduction Thread
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2014, 04:07:58 PM »
Hi everyone :) My name is Mateusz, I'm 16 (I will turn 17 in October) and I live in central Poland.  I'm interested in foreign languages. I know English (not fluent, but also not bad), I started learning Russian and I want to study Balkan philology (I'm in high school at this moment). My other hobbies is football and Eurovision Song Contest. I hope that I'll spend great time here  ;)

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Re: Introduction Thread
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2014, 11:11:49 AM »
Hello!

I got caught in the old forum trap, and was wondering why there were so little activity there. When I looked through archives, I found that there was a new forum, and that the forum had some technical problems. Looking through the list of users, the medium amount of posts lay around zero. Well, that's how I arrived.

Ok, about me. Firstly I'm Swedish. When it comes to languages I'm mostly interested in grammar. But my focus often lies more in creating my own grammatical distinctions than actually observing real languages. I've been creating my own language since a a few years back, and strive to make it an as much unambiguous language as possible, while still retaining some natural feeling.

I also like things such as music and anime, ie culture. I'm quite good at Japanese, which I started studying Japanese on my own, learning 1000 kanji in a half a year. While still being able to read them, I cannot write them. This year I've studied Japanese on distance (and I don't recommend it!), and after this I'm planning on studying programming (to get a job), and this time not on distance. Well, knowing that I'm more of a programmer type, you could figure out my approach to grammar.
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Re: Introduction Thread
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2014, 04:56:35 PM »
Hello everyone!

I'm Laura, a Finnish university student majoring in general linguistics, currently on summer holiday between my first and second years. I've been interested in languages for a long time but I only realized I could study languages in a much deeper way, as a real science, last year when I read through the brochure of my school-to-be and found out a subject called "general linguistics" exists. I could say it was love on the first sight.  :)

Often when people hear about my major their reaction is something like "Linguistics? Cool! Does that mean you can speak like a dozen of different languages??" No, unfortunately I don't, no matter how much I wish I did. However, I do speak a few different languages: I'm native in Finnish, speak good English, okay-ish Japanese and Swedish, some German and Estonian.

As for my linguistic interests, my greatest passion (currently) lies in the different dialects and other sociolinguistic aspects of the Finnish and Japanese languages. I also find the history of Finnic languages very interesting.

My academic goal for the next year is to choose a topic for my bachelor's thesis. I have no idea what I could write about, but probably it's going to have something to do with the dialect of my hometown, or maybe sociolects of Finnish school children or... so many ideas and only one can turn into a thesis! We'll see which one of those I'll end up choosing.

On my free time I'm an active girl scout, reader, drawer, and ficwriter. I love handworks such as knitting and crocheting.

I'm happy I found this place - I can't wait until I have time to browse through the whole forum! Before that, however, I'll have to finish my essay on lexical semantics. See you later! :)
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