Career adjustment in progress

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…

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One comment on “Career adjustment in progress
  1. David Marjanović says:

    Awesome! Just two things:

    – The “pre-Baltic” that had *owinos in it must be pre-Balto-Slavic, unless you have a reason to assume that Baltic and Slavic changed short *o to *a independently.
    – Next time you give a talk, do not use Times New Roman or any other serif font. It looks wonderful on a computer screen; but when projected, the thin parts of the letters just disappear, and everything becomes really difficult to read. Even Comic Sans, ugly as it is, is a better choice for legibility.

    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.

    It’s definitely a Least Publishable Unit at minimum! If you need to increase your impact factor, publish it separately.

    STEM background seems to be not too rare at all on the linguistics side of the Internet.

    What can I say? Linguistics is a science. :-)

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