Tuesday, January 10, 2012

One down…

…a bunch more to go.

I survived the first session of my first class. I didn't even feel lost. I took a quick peek into the Ronald Williams Library, and they've got quite a collection of books by classical authors in Greek and Latin despite not offering either language. Mostly Loeb based on my first glance.

There is a class project, and I will need help if you are a Chicago-area person. I need to do a field study of a language. I will need to interview you in person about your language. I don't know how long it will take. I'd like to hear from you if you speak natively and fluently:
  • Sanskrit (well, maybe not native here)
  • Farsi/Dari/Tojik
  • Russian
  • Armenian
  • Uzbek
  • Frisian
  • Or really anything but English, Spanish or Latin (nor Italian and Ancient Greek for good measure)
  • Oops. I'm letting my language geek flag fly.
But I don't know the full parameters yet.

I'm also torn about bringing my laptop with. On the one hand, having the whole interwebs at my command would be good digital learning yumminess in addition to creamy graduate school goodness. On the other, it's heavy and distracting. Oh, and would require me to have it on a train platform in the city at a time near midnight. Er. No. I'll make do with my medieval interactive device.

And on yet another hand—we really need μέν and δέ in English—I'm already sick of the CTA bus.