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

From:Sai Emrys <sai@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 10:53
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.



And Rosta <and.rosta@...>