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  • Who needs it: People in speech communications, linguistic anthropology, modern languages, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, and many other domains involving human language would benefit from collaborations with full-time (first career) linguists.

  • Why we need it: We would be able to make advances in translation science, including machine translation; information extraction; first, second, and foreign language acquisition; cognitive modeling in speech production and linguistic memory; analysis and curation of endangered languages; and many other such fields.

  • When we need it (and how long we've needed it): We've needed a linguist for over a decade, when Speech Communications lost the last "full time linguist" to retirement. Since then, Dr. Harriet Ottenmeyer has retired from Anthropology, a department that has hired a linguistic anthropologist (Dr. Tiffany Kershner), and we've talked with linguistic anthropology faculty at other universities (Dr. Arienne Dwyer at KU, for example), but there isn't a linguistics degree program, much less a department.

  • How bad we need it: The Targeted Excellence proposal brought together at least eight people who could start working with one or more linguists in various areas.

  • Where it should live (i.e., to what college it should belong): Most likely, a Department of Linguistics ought to be part of the College of Arts and Sciences, possibly sharing some faculty with Modern Languages via joint appointment. I don't know the structure of the ML program well enough to know whether spinoff adjunct appointments are feasible or desired by the faculty and administrators.



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Nov. 6th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
That may have been inevitable, but I do remember the one course I had under her. She was very instructive outside of the classroom as well as inside.

(I did almost wipe out, pulling off a B by giving my final oral exam with no preparation or notes because I realized less than 48 hours before that I had completely misunderstood what were legitimate subjects for the final exam.)
Nov. 7th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Blast from the past
Wow! How long ago was that?

And it's great to have you all replying again. I've missed LJ. How've you been, BTW?

Nov. 7th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
Re: Blast from the past
Wow! How long ago was that?
Spring 1991.

How've you been, BTW?
My work schedule is a little bit more haywire now that I'm juggling a second startup (Hydrocarbons Unlimited).
Nov. 9th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Startup: Hydrocarbons Unlimited
Sounds intriguing! Can you please tell me a little more about it?

Nov. 9th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Startup: Hydrocarbons Unlimited
The end of global warming: make gasoline from limestone which can itself be made from air (with a little help). Nuclear and geothermal power preferred, followed by conventional renewable energy.

The details of not inadvertently replicating other patents (like Mobil's ZSM-5 process, or Oklahoma State geology department's pressure cooker, or the Weizmann Institute over in Israel) is...interesting.
Nov. 6th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Statistics has to be on that list somewhere...without it, we can't do science.
Nov. 7th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
"The five departments we need most (and don't have)"
Hey Lindsay! Of course that's true, but we have a stats department, and not a bad one either, at least for teaching and consulting. (I do very little computational stats work with the research faculty in Stats.)

I realized when I saw your reply that my title is a little ambiguous. What I meant by "the five departments we need most" is "the five departments we most lack".

How've you been?

Nov. 7th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
Re: "The five departments we need most (and don't have)"
Oh, I missed the "and don't have" part.... I should have read the whole thing! ;)

I'm doing well... still working up to a PhD. How about you?
Nov. 7th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
Doing well
I'm insanely busy but fine. I had 14 grad students at the beginning of the year, am due to graduate as many as 11 this year (if all goes well), and have 5-6 lined up for 2009 and 2010.

Nov. 7th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
Re: Doing well
That sounds like an insanely high number to me!! Is that typical for you?? I can't even begin to imagine how busy you must be!
Nov. 7th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Imagine no more
Click to see:

Live version:

It's more than typical. My record before this year was about 5-6 students. I had a couple of dry years, and now it looks like it will be high volume from now on.

Nov. 7th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
He posted.

Of course, he backdated it to 2006...but at least he posted.
Nov. 7th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Fish biscuit!
See, you're supposed to comment first, and then I back-date surreptitiously without your even noticing... but it didn't work out that way... slowpoke.


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