April 17, 2014.
Got a lot done today. Started the resurrection of the San Diego Speaks! website (the lab is going to do weekly #ShowYourWork updates on the SDP blog!); coordinated a bunch of scheduling things; e-mailed people about a potential LSA Portland 2015 panel; wrote ~600 words on the CYOA Linguistics book (yeah, it’s dorky), a chunk of which follows.
GOAL: Tomorrow - write 600 more words on CYOA Linguistics
GOAL: Get my apartment packed up this weekend. Or work on packing, anyway.
You’re sitting in your office on campus. You’ve been staring out the window, watching the summer thunderstorm, heavy and dark, blowing the trees against your shutters as if someone knocking from beyond the grave. You’ve been lost in your own thoughts for so long that you barely realize the room around you has grown dim— as night rose behind the rainclouds, the dull blue light from your computer now the only thing holding back the darkness. Why are you still here? Why are you still on campus so late on a Friday night in the summer? You’ve been working on a theory—something that will reunite the subfields of linguistics like they were back in the heyday of Generative Grammar—a theory that would merge Ultralist Syntax with Perceptual Phonology and Cognitive Orthography… if only you could explain the deverbal noun stress patterns of Welsh… as the thunder roils in the distance your mind drifts around ideas of consonant mutation when CRREEESHHHAAAAKKKKHHH! a bolt of lightning hits the ground in the quad just beyond the Comparative Philology Building!