I am an aspiring linguist embarking on a year of uncertainty & dream-chasing. As a way to keep moving forward, I am blogging about linguistics & language. With the help of my collaborators (love you guys!), I hope to provide you with a regular stream of publications.
During my year off (let’s pray it’s only a year), I’m spending my time applying to graduate programs in linguistics, working full-time, assistant-teaching a Psychology of Language course at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, & working on writing a collaborative linguistics paper. You know, the usual things people in their early twenties love to do.
While a lot about language interests me, there are some things I find to be especially fascinating. I would say that I’m interested in sociolinguistics, but that’s really not descriptive enough. You’ll find in my writing that I focus on social variables & their interaction with society & culture. I also believe in using statistical analysis to take a more precise look at relationships when possible & sensible (though I don’t swear by it). I enjoy using corpus data, Twitter data, etc. because that’s real language in use & that’s what I wish to describe & understand. I also have adjacent interests in evolutionary theory, philosophy, & trends in popular culture that influence the direction I take in choosing my writing topics.
In addition to writing, I enjoy reading (surprise), learning everything, recovering from spinal surgery (the reason for taking a year off of school), deliciously nerdy discussions with equally nerdy friends, & drinking good beer. I do not enjoy bad music, watching television, or bad humor (I try to imagine that I’m funny).
Thank you for reading,
Megan L. Risdal