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Re: CogSci or Linguistics faculty / departments that would be open to a PhD thesis in conlanging?

From:And Rosta <and.rosta@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 15:24
Sai Emrys, On 20/06/2006 11:53:
> As a preliminary probe... > > I'm seriously considering expanding my NLF2DWS essay into a full-blown > thesis paper - way expanded toplevel theory (i.e. what's there now), > philosophical & linguistic-theory implications, an actual > implementation, possibly experiments on top of it, etc. It's the only > thing I can think of that I would actually *enjoy* spending five years > of in-depth research on. > > I am wondering: do any of you know people or departments that might > actually take it seriously and be willing to allow me to do a PhD in > it? I would prefer a degree in cognitive science (as I think the topic > is very multi-field syncretic), and it's always nice to have a > recognized name on the diploma, but that's nitpicking. :-P > > My guess is that it's going to be a question primarily of personality > of the professors, department chair, and grant underwriters - i.e. > would they be willing to allow something that is this different? It'd > be less research paper than actual original creation, and we know what > the usual linguists' response is to conlanging... > > Anyhow - if you know people who'd be willing to talk to me about this, > or whom I would have a decent shot at convincing to sponsor me, please > let me know. > > Likewise, if you have general advice / comments / suggestions / etc in > response, speak up.
I don't know the situation in the US, but in the UK I'd advise targeting your application at a creative arts doctoral programme, but to also request joint supervision by a sympathetic somebody with interests in linguistics and cog sci. (Such a proposal would wash at my institution, given that I'd be able to act as its advocate, but I can't seriously recommend it to you, as you'd surely not be able to withstand the penury, the culture shock, or the climate.) --And.