I’ve just done with my research study the week before and doing that research study was fun. FYI, I conducted a research study on cursing and went out to find out my local speech community’s attitudes towards swearing.
First of all, doing this was really fun as many people were surprised as to how and why swearing could be related to linguistics. It does in many ways, I’ve received and saw some interesting results but have to admit that I was so contained by the word limit that I have for my report (it really is a shame in many ways and I do hope that I’ll be able to explore this on a bigger scale. Sounds funny, but I am serious!) . This entire concept of going out and collecting data and analysing was hard work, yet it was so fun, I REALLY want to do it again. I had some fun listening to what people had to say about cursing for the different age groups and wish I could explore variation on that aspect. On the whole, doing this study was and still is so fun to connect linguistics with the society.
Recently I found my lecturer’s talk on iTunes U. To me, it was just fun finding his talk that since I try to make time to listen to lectures and talks on sociolinguistics there and reading news and blogs on sociolinguistics to learn more about this field. My lecturer is a lot more humorous where lectures are concerned but he’s a little more serious here. No, I’m not going to analyse his speech here (for fear that he might read this in future~ XD FYI, I did ask for his permission to put this up here, so there might be a chance that he might read this afterall if he ever does a search on it~ >.<”)For those who are interested about sociolinguistics, here’s the link~
In short, the podcast is an application of his studies on the Penelope Eckert’s three wave variation theory (I totally heart Penelope Eckert’s theory as it’s so cleverly thought of as I felt it summed up everything I learned in sociolinguistics and putting all the elements into this theory and her papers were all so well written, I totally love all the papers who wrote and the one that got to me was “The School as a Community of Engaged Learners” as it got me thinking about the local education system and all, well, I could write a commentary on that with reference to the local education system but I am NOT going to dwell on that here). Anyway, have a listen to the podcast if you are interested in sociolinguistics since it very much puts the different elements together (but it can really get pretty technical so be warned~). I enjoyed it a great deal as I have some Indonesian friends and some knowledge of Malay (there are slight similarities between Indonesian and Malay, though not totally) so it was fun being about to put some things I knew to the podcast.
Anyway, I’m starting on my new research study and reading up on lots about a country and her people but I’m lacking where linguistics is concerned. It’s driving me crazy in many ways~ I guess it just means my research skills are lacking~ Wahahaha~
That’s it from this time round, sorry to have bored you guys with details of my studies. I’m going back to my readings. Tata~ Till I’m done with my studies? Hehehe~ I’m hoping that I won’t take that long to get my next post up. I’m pretty much seeing how this blog is changing its direction and going towards sociolinguistics ;p
Till then, take care!