Mid 20s guy from #turkey.
Doing an MA in #linguistics. Wannabe researcher. Currently interested in language variation and construction grammar.
@emacsomancer Initially what got me into pursuing linguistics was variation and contact, more specifically I was interested in stratal structure of Turkishes of Turkey. But as I learned more I got more intrigued in more general processes both in variation and language in general.
CxG looks promising. I'm only recently starting to deepen my understanding of it, but it looks like a good next step for understanding language knowledge and capacity. Definitely better than Chomskyan approaches IMO.
@emacsomancer I'd be interested in hearing those doubts.
My department is Chomskian too. I'm not really satisfied with that line of theories because IMO they've been growing overly complex since Aspects, and they model something different than Language as we speak it. In looking for alternatives, CxG and Cognitive Grammar have jumped to me as models mechanically simple enough to capture such phenomenon. But I hadn't had a chance to read upon it thanks to the my MA shenanigans, up until now.
@emacsomancer Regarding contact and variation there's a ton to study here, in part thanks to suppression of such research by early republican nationalist ideological pressures on academia. In the recent decades tho a lot of effort has been put into it especially by Boğaziçi Uni researchers. But the situation of scholarship under the current regime especially just compromises the quality of any social research, and I'm unsure if I want to spend my energy countering that here.
@emacsomancer My current understanding is limited to a surface level familiarity with various grammatical theories but AFAIU something like c-command wouldn't be relevant in cxg because these models limit themselves to surface level phenomena, tho there's variety, and I might well be wrong.
Minimalism is interesting. Wish I could find resources that explained it independently of G&B, as something in and of itself.
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