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Title: Introduction Thread
Post by: Corybobory 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!
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Daniel 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 :)
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: jkpate 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.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Guijarro 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!


Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: ibarrere 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. :)
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Hapless Researcher 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.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: annie 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  :)

Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: IronMike 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.

Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Trompette 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.

À plus !
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Guckenberger 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
Title: Good morning, all!
Post by: willowtreewriter 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.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: nalyd 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.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Mateusz 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  ;)
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Vir Docilis on June 16, 2014, 11:11:49 AM

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.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: lauramarjukka 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! :)
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: lx on June 16, 2014, 05:05:58 PM
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 at first sight.  :)
That's the feeling every linguist remembers, "the moment." A sincere welcome to you! I hope you can throw out some of your ideas and bring up some interesting points about sociolinguistic attitudes in Finland. While I know next to nothing about Finnish, I would certainly be interested in hearing more about what sort of stuff is stereotyped and what characteristics are frowned upon / praised. It's so interesting to be on the outside and have people tell you two things that look pretty much equally unusual (to me) are on two opposite ends of an acceptability scale in some social situations around the world. It brings back how idiosyncratic this all is and I wish I could make some monolingual English speakers see that from the outside and not actually believe there is something about a linguistic form that is deficient. [/rant]
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Daniel on June 16, 2014, 06:29:56 PM
Welcome to everyone, and glad to have you here. Interesting introductions, looking forward to more discussions with you :)
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: freknu on June 16, 2014, 08:20:18 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. :)

Tervetuloa! Tää on erittäin mukava paikka joten viihdyt varmasti :) Empäs ole sitten enää ainoa suomalainen näillä tasanteilla XD
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: ibarrere on June 17, 2014, 01:13:46 AM
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. :)

Tervetuloa! Tää on erittäin mukava paikka joten viihdyt varmasti :) Empäs ole sitten enää ainoa suomalainen näillä tasanteilla XD

Yaaay, enemmän Suomalaiset! En puhu Suomea hyvin (ilmeisesti) mutta opiskelen. Uralilaiset kielet on mun kiinnostukseni.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: kidvisions on June 30, 2014, 11:33:07 PM
Hello everyone. My name is Roua and I a fro m Tunisia. I am a n MA student working on my MA thesis. I had to suspend my education for a year due for personal reaaons and now I am back! I am interested in sociolinguistics, dialectology, psycholinguistics,  SLA, discourse analysis and I have always been fascinated by syntax even though I did not get a chance to really study it. I am glad to be back!
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Bartók on July 25, 2014, 08:38:39 AM
Yek tunal, everybody.
My name is Hugo. I'm a linguistics student from El Salvador. I got my MA in linguistics a few days ago and now I'm moving to Belgium to pursue a PhD. My long-term linguistic interests are:
1) The documentation of Pipil ( (Uto-Aztecan), a severely endangered and under-documented indigenous language of El Salvador .
2) Spatial language or the way spatial notions are expressed (or not!) in language.
3) Spanish phonetics and phonology.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: metanuccihubbia on November 10, 2014, 08:12:10 PM
Hi, there!
I'm newbie here, so I'd like to introduce myself.
You can call me Meta, I'm Indonesian and a student of English Language and Literature program in Jenderal Soedirman University, Indonesia.
I focus on linguistics, so, I really need all of you guys help since I'm doing my BA-thesis.
I hope I'm welcome here.
Great to meet all of you guys!  8)
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Daniel on November 10, 2014, 08:37:14 PM
Welcome Meta! What is the area of your BA thesis?
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: metanuccihubbia on November 18, 2014, 01:21:13 AM
Welcome Meta! What is the area of your BA thesis?

Hi, nice to meet you! :D
Okay, this is good. actually I'm confused what I'm about to take. For now, I have tried to learn Dysphemism, but I have so many thoughts.
And I wonder, if I use self-defends' theory by Freud in a TV series, would that be literature? or can I use that in my BA thesis?
Thank you so much in advance  :D
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Daniel on November 18, 2014, 01:35:49 AM
Hi Meta, if you want to discuss this, you should post a thread in a different part of the site-- probably in the pragmatics or socioliguistics section. Then we can all discuss it together but not in the welcome topic.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: plenum on January 04, 2015, 05:04:30 PM

My real name is Gergely, I'm 21 years old and a Hungarian college student currently studying on a BA course of Buddhism with Japanese Language and Culture minor.

I became interested in languages when I found out I'm actually interested in them and also got the potential to be able to learn more of them. My native language is Hungarian and I've been studying foreign languages since I was 16 years old. That was the age when I could say I could fairly speak English. A year later I moved to Malaysia with my family for a year and a half. I learned Malay (the standard language plus a dialect, also education was only available in that language) and Indonesian there, I could speak those languages almost fluently, but since I don't use them daily anymore, I'm getting quite rusty on that field. Also, I improved my English significantly while living abroad. And although Dutch has always been favorite language since the age of 14, I didn't take any steps towards studying it until I was about 18. I can fairly speak Dutch, having no problems with understanding written Dutch, but I have problems with spoken Dutch and the syntax when I have to create complex sentences on my own. I began college when I turned 19 years old. I originally wanted to take the Tibetan minor course, but it didn't start, so I switched it to Japanese. The reason for this is that I wanted to become a linguist of East Asian languages. I studied both Tibetan and Japanese on my own before selecting the course, and I found Tibetan to be easier than Japanese, so I thought I'm going to build my 'carrier' starting with easier languages then go towards harder ones. So yeah... I currently study Japanese at college and Norwegian on my own. I wish to study languages as long as my mind is capable of doing so. And on the side, I can read and write Arabic and can speak the language to some extent. I had Arabic language in Malaysia in school.

As far as linguistic goes, I've been interested in language history for about a year now. I'm interested in knowing how a language evolved from its earliest form to the one that is spoken today - what features it has lost and what others it has gained. I'm also in love with sentence structure, noun declension and verb conjugation. I like seeing how these things are built up in different languages. However, I mostly study these subjects regarding Indo-European languages and Hungarian. Also, since unfortunately I'm not doing too well with Japanese at college, and I can't really decide if I still really want to be a linguist of East Asian languages, I might fully switch to Indo-European languages. I haven't really made up my mind regarding that, but it's for sure that I want to work in the field of linguistics. Also, I'm interested in applied linguistics.

Well, that's about me in a nutshell. :)
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: jkpate on January 04, 2015, 06:40:30 PM
Welcome to the forum! I wouldn't worry about having to pick a specialization yet -- you've got plenty of time to explore!
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Daniel on January 04, 2015, 10:33:07 PM
Welcome. Just as one thought, there's a lot of interesting work to be done (and more and more material to do it with) for the Sino-Tibetan family from a historical perspective. Lots of options, but that's one of them.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Copernicus on June 01, 2015, 12:57:08 PM
I'm an old, experienced linguist--Ph.D. in lexical semantics (1973, Ohio State University).  I've dabbled in just about every aspect of linguistic theory.  My first job was as an assistant professor at Columbia University/Barnard College for 8 years.  I moved on to teach briefly at Hofstra University before joining The Boeing Company in 1987 to work as a computational linguist and AI researcher.  I'm retired today, but I still put in some hours at Boeing.

My primary interests these days are computational linguistics, phonology (see, and cognitive linguistic theory.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: hiphiphooray on June 05, 2015, 07:20:16 AM
I study English, and am currently writing my BA thesis on perspectives on standard English, specifically the way outer circle Englishes are viewed by non-native English speakers. I'm looking forward to going through the threads for some interesting discussions!
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Torsten on December 30, 2015, 01:19:20 PM
I'm not a professional linguist, but I have pottered at a causal theory of developmental stuttering for some years, and in this context, I'm interested in models of speech production. That means, I'm preferentially interested in psycho- / neurolinguistics, and it would be nice to meet some people with similar interests here. More about me on my website: (

And please, excuse me, if my English is far from being perfect - I know, this is a linguist forum  :)
Greetings from Germany

Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Daniel on December 31, 2015, 03:06:30 PM
Wilkommen in Linguist Forum, Torsten!

(Don't worry, our German is far from perfect too ;) )
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: jmc on January 06, 2016, 02:44:22 PM
My name's Julie. I'm nearing graduation at the University of Colorado (BA in linguistics). I'm planning on moving to Miami at the end of May, but I'm having trouble finding ling-related jobs down there. If anyone knows the area/has connections or tips, please help me out!
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Michelli Delmonico on June 26, 2016, 09:58:38 AM
Hi, there! My name is Michelli, I am from Brazil, São Paulo. I am taking my Master's at São Paulo State University. And my field is in Applied Linguistics, teaching and learning a foreign Language. I have a research concerning Digital Information and Communication Technologies related to learner's autonomy.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: IcyJK913 on October 17, 2016, 02:35:33 PM
Oh look, I exist!

These forums seem rather empty, so hopefully I'm not just shouting this message to an empty void...

I have somewhat little experience in linguistics. However, it is a topic that has fascinated me for as long as I can remember, and I thought that maybe I could pop in on these forums and at least try to be active if I enjoy it enough. Hopefully, by at least posting on here a little bit, I can learn a few things about linguistics and broaden my horizons. Unfortunately, I'm still rather young, and rather naive, but I love learning new things.

My areas of expertise lie in Mathematics and Music, with Linguistics being a tertiary interest. My mind tends to resonate with things that are heavy in abstract theory, like Mathematics and Music, however, this isn't necessarily the case with language. What I love about language is its poetic nature, if that makes any sense.

One of my life goals is to create my own complete artificial language. For years I have played around with linguistics and have tried numerous times to create a language. Most of these attempts have failed, understandable, but as I played around with language more and more, I've managed to create a very abstract base for my artificial language.

So... :)
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Dominicanese on December 31, 2016, 04:29:25 PM
hows everyone doing?

Im originally from the Dominican Republic as my username suggest i am pure Dominican, but have been living in the states for about to be 9 years now, i have always been interested in linguistics and or history. But more than that i have been specifically more interested in the sounds, pronunciations, and rythym of dialects and how they came about to be as they are today. It all started when i was little growing up in the Dominican Rep, where i wondered why people coming from Spain or other Latin American countries talk Spanish differently than we. Same for American English, and why there's regional differences in dialects of the same language.

I have been able to put pieces together by using videos online to create/explain how dialects would come about by specifically explaning which ones spoke like this at a given time and or when they came to shape the dialect and it works and have been able to turn a lot of heads this way.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Thomas the Ring-Bearer on February 20, 2017, 11:24:08 AM
Hello. My name is Thomas Faulhaber. I am a 7th grader from California and I am currently attempting to learn Italian. I am also working on an international auxiliary language. The languages that I have always been interested in are Hebrew, Korean, Russian, Italian, German, French, Norwegian, Hindi, and Punjabi.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: zobuggin on March 09, 2017, 01:58:11 PM
Hi! You can call me Bug; I'm a high-schooler who loves the overall idea of language(but when it comes down to learning, I'm a couch potato)
I was actually looking online for a forum to help me develop a language for a world I'm building, considering my experience in language and linguistic rules is limited to Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 class levels... This place looks pretty promising, though!  :D
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Poemworld on June 22, 2017, 08:46:11 PM
Howdy y'all. My name is Bruce Banner, really. Proof upon request. This is a really cool name to have, until you try to communicate seriously to people and they think you're using a particularly aggressive and arrogant pseudonym lawlz. I'm currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, enjoying austerity to its fullest.

My degree is in math from UT Austin, with a concentration in physics and a smattering of electrical engineering and pre-med. I'm one of "those" individuals who works on their own theories, but I try to be cool about it. I'll introduce my ideas in due time if at all. I'm a certified teacher in hs math and science (all of them) but I'm not teaching, for a whole variety of reasons, but largely because I'm cooperative but not obedient.

My linguistic interest is the minimalist programme, which I consider a beautiful piece of intellectual work. I've been reading in this subject for about 10-15 years now, or whenever Chomsky published his book by the same name. I've read "Approaching UG from Below", am still making my way through "Phases", and just started reading "The Faculty of Language: What Is It, Who Has It, and How Did It Evolve". I've been exploring this subject by myself since I started reading Chomsky about 30 years ago. UT was not hospitable territory to discuss GG, UG, FL, or MP, so I'm delighted to have finally had the wits to seek out a linguistics forum online. If anyone is willing to discuss and share, I'd be elated and grateful. Anyhoo, that's about it. I hope to hear from someone someday. I'll be around.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Daniel on June 23, 2017, 01:00:48 AM
Welcome to the forum, Bruce!

Those topics are all relevant to the forum so feel free to ask questions and share ideas. I work in syntax, interacting with (and questioning) many of the ideas in the Minimalist Program too, so the topic interests me personally as well.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Poemworld on June 23, 2017, 05:29:01 AM
Thanks Daniel, appreciated. I look forward to picking your brain about MP. First, I'd like your recommendations for what I should really be reading to get up to any kind of decent speed on the subject. I've mentioned what I've looked at, which is merely what I've stumbled on reading through Chomsky's oeuvre. Also too, what are the latest developments in MP? Phases is all I know right now. Happy Friday dude!
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Daniel on June 23, 2017, 07:38:23 AM
Would you mind starting a new discussion in the Morphosyntax forum? Better place than the welcome thread if we're going to discuss it in any detail. The papers you mentioned are a good starting place, though.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: TyrannusRex on July 13, 2017, 09:01:38 PM
Hi, I'm Greg!
I'm a (casual) student of Classical Latin, a native speaker of (American) English, and I've always had a curiosity/fascination with linguistics and other languages. Even have a small conlang of my own. XD
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: theegrammariancat on July 20, 2017, 12:26:41 AM
Hello! First I want to say that I am really glad to be here, there is a lot of great people in this forum. I hope to make friends and learn a lot from you.
My name is Ricardo, I have a B.A in Hispanic Language and Literature, and actually I work as an English Teacher. I'm from Mexico and I found this forum because I was looking for a linguistics forum. My primary interest in linguistics is grammar (syntax and morphology), also I'm interested in second language acquisition, teaching languages and foreign languages. Feel free to message me. I would appreciate if you share bibliography and authors. :)

Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Lexipaichnidi on August 24, 2017, 12:24:35 PM
Hello! I don't know how active this place is, but I want to get to know as many people with the same linguistic interest as possible. I have a B.A in journalism and just started a B.A in linguistics. Currently doing three classes this semester, learning Arabic, Japanese and Latin. I am a big fan of psycholinguistics.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: FlatAssembler on August 24, 2017, 01:10:47 PM
This forum, my experience teaches me, isn't very active. You don't get countless responses, but at least you get sensical ones. That's not true for other forums about linguistics.
Hi, I am, as some people here already know, a 17-year-old from Croatia.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: LinguistSkeptic on September 22, 2017, 07:42:14 AM
So, as some of you already know, I am interested in linguistics, but I don't like it when controversial things are stated as fact.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: ForumExplorer on September 29, 2017, 01:13:58 AM
I am interested in sociology, and Internet forums are perhaps the best places to explore it.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Fiddlestix McWhiskers on January 19, 2018, 04:47:05 PM

I feel a bit underdressed here.  I am a 44 year old antique restorationist, ex musician, former alcoholic/drug addict and a high school dropout. 

I have been having a sort of lawnmower man experience for about six years now.  I have been developing almost instant and insatiable interests in things that used to bore me to tears.

A few months back, I decided to start learning Spanish and started using Dulingo, not knowing anything about languages or the learning of them.  Then, my brother told me about Esperanto being an introductory language and that sent me down a relatively deep rabbit hole, in which I discovered The Ling Space on YouTube and, within the last few days, Steven Pinker.

With my head still spinning in the fresh bliss of a neophyte, I am seeking to go from an almost completely uneducated idiot to, well, not that.

I would like to start at the very beginning and develop a strong base in understanding the building blocks of English grammar.  When I say building blocks, I mean the definitions of the terms noun, adjective, modifier, infinitive &c..  My goal is to try to understand the basic underlying terms and rules that grammar in all languages share and build on that by dissecting sentences and examining their structures &c..

Can anyone recommend a good go to book to help me start my journey?  Or, conversely, can anyone point out the folly of my itinerary in a way that won't completely soar above my head?

Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Daniel on January 19, 2018, 04:58:27 PM
Hello and welcome. The first thing I notice about your question is that you describe English grammar as if it comes predetermined with labels for things. In fact, grammar is just what internal knowledge we have that allows us to speak-- whether professors or high school dropouts! Linguists are interested in figuring out how all of that works (usually from an abstract, language-based structural perspective, sometimes biologically), although having terms for parts of grammar is of course helpful as we try to describe things and figure out how they fit together. On the other hand, "grammar" as an area of study goes back much earlier to traditional grammatical descriptions, especially of Latin and Greek, where it was thought that there were right and wrong ways to say things (and right and wrong languages). That's what you'll most likely get from a language textbook or your English teacher. That's also where terms like "noun" come from, although we also use them as linguists to describe things.

So from here you have three directions you could go in:
1. Study traditional grammar. Look at the history of grammatical descriptions, perhaps starting with the Greeks, and then up to the 1800s or so with the books when they thought they had it all figured out. They didn't. But it's interesting from a historical perspective.
2. Prescriptive grammar: the idea that there are standards and 'best' ways of doing things, like taught in an English class. There are times this is very useful, like learning how to write a resumé that will get you hired for a job. When to use commas, and so forth. Also useful when learning new languages (in addition to just practicing, of course).
3. Descriptive grammar: where linguists try to describe how people speak (rather than telling them how to), and figure out how language works. People speak. But how? We want to know. And you won't really find linguists doing anything prescriptive, because we're not interested in figuring out the "right way", because we don't believe that one language/dialect/expression/whatever is better than another. We're just interested in understanding more about how people can do this complex thing called language.

As for the labels, they're useful for any of the approaches (and at least the major ones are shared across them). But they're really more like myths we tell ourselves in order to have something to talk about. At least until someone really figures out how everything works, there's no sense in which there are "real labels", just various different suggestions of categories and names for them. Borderline cases are fascinating to linguists, annoying for prescriptivists, and often overlooked historically. (That's what I do a lot of my work on, one way or another.)

Oh, and as for a book I'd recommend, here are some ideas:
1. If you like the topics I've mentioned, I'd recommend Anne Curzan's 2014 Fixing English: Prescriptivism and Language History. It's a nice balanced perspective and would introduce various topics that you might want to learn more about later.
2. For a very accessible and enjoyable introduction to the origin/history of language as well as how it is used in society is Tore Janson's  2012 The History of Languages: An Introduction. It's easy to read with no background but gets into lots of interesting questions. At times I disagreed with the author (like what the future of languages will be like in the last chapter) but it's the sort of book that also allows you to form your own opinions while giving the relevant background. Highly recommended. (There's also an older book by the same author called Speak that might be easier to find at a library and also has a lot of the same content-- the new book seems to be a revised edition of that one to some extent.)
3. Mark Newbrook's 2013 Strange Linguistics is an overview of bizarre (and almost certainly wrong) theories of language. It covers lots of different topics and might point you in the direction of some other questions to explore later, and it's amusing. It is not widely available (even at academic libraries), however. Some of the material is found on a blog here though:

There are of course various other books that are more commonly recommended and others would suggest. These are just ones I happen to like and think might be relevant for you.

For anything else please start a new discussion in one of the relevant sub-forums to discuss more, ask for book recommendations, etc. Questions are welcome.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Fiddlestix McWhiskers on January 19, 2018, 06:56:34 PM
I have created a new thread to continue the discussion here ('s-lounge/linguistics-neophyte/msg29316/#msg29316), if anyone is interested.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Joustos on February 09, 2018, 08:41:58 PM
Who are you?  Where did you come from?  What is your connection to linguistics? Introduce yourself!.............

Hello, Cory and everybody! My pseudonym is Joustos, which is an Old Latin word that then became Justus (= Just; Justinian). I am old and retired, with an old age interest in languages. (My old professional fields were science and philosophy.) I was born in Magna Graecia (southern Italy), where I raised questions about the origin of my town's inhabitants and led me, now, to a manuscript, "Indo-European and its Speakers". (It's in the hands of some British publishers, while I am in the U.S.A.) It includes many etymologies of European and Mideastern words, including Anglo-Saxon, Etruscan (now translated), and Basque. // I keep on learning about speaking, languages, and ethnology. I am a perennial student.

Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: turnoi on February 18, 2018, 03:09:38 AM
I am new here and just registered for access to this forum. I am a retired university professor in Linguistics and spent most of my professional life abroad in developping nations in teaching, research and working with several community projects organised by ethnic groups on language developoment and reform. I also have a passion for education and initiated some non-proifit projects helping students mature and grow. I specialised in areas like language planning, foreign language teacher training and linguistic field research with a focus on Sino-Tibetan and Bantu languages in Africa. Currently, I am helping a Ph. D. graduate student from Nepal to accomplish a research project on the native language of this student. The language is Dhimal with approx. 20,000 speakers in Nepal and India which I estimate to be one of the endangered languages.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: AleSer31 on March 01, 2018, 01:49:46 AM
Hello everyone, my name is Alessandra.
I´m Italian and live in Germany, where I´m currently studying Musicology and Indoeuropean linguistics.
As soon as I started studying IE-Linguistic I was fascinated by the linguistic bound which keeps these languages together, and it was so much fun to reconstruct the words phonetically and to reflect upon the morphological changes across the PIE-derived languages. Moreover I find so interesting to get to know how some expressions have come to be used, how some words changed their meaning.
Another topic which interests me is language contact.

Something more about me: I´m currently learning Dutch, I enjoy playing Sudoku and I love listening to music (I would like to be as eclectic as possible).

I´m glad to be here and I´ll surely enjoy my stay here. I can´t wait to participate :)
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Muikkunen on March 08, 2018, 03:16:00 AM

I am a girl very interested in linguistics. I'm studying translation in university, but during 3 years of my studies I realized that I like linguistics much more than translation.
Unfortunately, there aren't many linguistic classes offered, I had only a few introductory ones: introduction to linguistics, semantics and lexicology. Everything else are either subjects about translation theory and practice or some totally off-topic subjects, such as philosophy, history etc. I am expoloring linguistics on my own and I hope I will find help and support here.
I am still a novice to linguistics, I think. I know very little, but I'm excited to learn more. Sometimes, when I read books or articles on linguistics, I get discouraged because I do not understand something. I will ask my questions here and hopefully get answers to them.

I am interested in: morphology, syntax, typology, phonetics, field linguistics and language revitalization.

Language families I am currently interested in: Uralic, Eskimo-Aleut, Austronesian, Papuan (I know that the last one is rather a geographical grouping)

I am also interested in learning foreign languages. I study English and Spanish at university. I am trying to improve my knowledge of these languages and also to learn Tagalog and Indonesian. Austronesian alignment is very interesting, but also challenging to me.

After finishing my BA in translation, I want to study for MA in field linguistics, but I haven't decided yet, which university to choose. I visit SIL website from time to time to look at what they offer there. I consider working with them after finishing Master's. I don't really know much about other such organizations.
Title: Re: Introduction Thread
Post by: Suryà on March 08, 2018, 10:21:41 AM

I am Spanish and I'm studying Linguistics in University of Cádiz. It is my first year.
Linguistics was my fourth option. In fact, I wanted to start a double degree in philology. It seemed like a serendipity: no sooner I entered in the general linguistic class, I totally fell in love with it.
I am interested in every single field (specially computational) and I am really excited about all this!
By the way, I like English language, listening to music and discussing (not fights at all  :-*)

I am willing to participate, asking questions, learning some basics and terms.  ;D