Recently I have presented my first “official” conference talk: Palatal unpacking in Finnic, based on an old blog post series. A humble step forward on my ongoing project of swapping the career/hobby statuses of the two fields of research I am currently most involved with: math and linguistics. Or perhaps a step sideways, rather?
The title of this blog will still remain “Freelance Reconstruction” for the time being, but if all goes well I’ll have to think up a new name within a few years.
I never did finish the supposed blog post part 5, but what I had planned for it checks out: there are no cases with traditionally reconstructed PU *-ć- or *-ś- that would get in the way of my new proposal for the later Finnic development of these. I’m assembling a full article on the matter as well. Time will tell if it will be fit for release on its own or if I’ll integrate it into other work. Say, a wider analysis of the historical vowel coloring effects of the Proto-Uralic palatal consonants?
— A side observation: STEM background seems to be not too rare at all on the linguistics side of the Internet. Out of the small handful of blogs I check with some frequency, I am under the impression this holds also for at least Lameen S. of Jabal Al-Lughat and Steve D. of languagehat. Many further cases can also be found in the para-academic linguistics scene centered on online mailing lists such as Cybalist. Nerds of prey flock together, of course, but there might be a deeper selection bias of some sort involved here too…