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Excited Fuzz

So Lexical Semantics is the coolest class ever. I mean ever. In the woo-hoo boo-yah yeah-baby sense.

This is because I am a geek. Most specifically, a linguistics geek.

But as I read of homonymy and metonymy and polysemy, vague bells went off in my head. Ah, but of course! My second semester here, the lovely Spring of 1999, I took the Language and the Mind honors seminar - and wrote a 20-some page paper on a case-study of the word house in English. I kid you not. Twenty-some pages. (View my hyper insanity. ) I remember it now, going through all the instances I could find in some concordance repositories on the web. This is, in fact, where quotes 26 and 27 came into being. I mean, really - there are an obscene amount of euphemisms for brothels.

In short, I thought for many weeks, came up with five defining features and went on manic classification jaunts as I sorted out semantic space in my head. It was exhilarating.

I repeat, I am Linguistics Geek.

So later, having been thoroughly seduced by the linguistics which had flirted unabashedly with me, I saw a graduate seminar on semantics and signed myself up with eager brightness.

Oh alas, for it was lambda calculus and quantification theory. Where were my words? Oh, the sadness! (And the really smurfing long boring lectures.) So I resigned myself that my foray into house was a hybrid of the linguistics and english departments, never to be heard from again.

Oh, ho ho ho. Witness my current lexical semantics seminar. Oh, bounce! Oh, frabjous glee! We spent an hour defining features of the verb "break". And it was fun. And it was head-space poking. And we barely even touched the surface of it. In an hour.

Oh, sweet linguistics geekery.


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Feb. 3rd, 2003 01:41 am (UTC)
You have no idea how much I envy you right now. I mean, no idea. *sniff* Is that course offered often? Do I have a hope of taking it later? ^^
Feb. 3rd, 2003 04:34 am (UTC)
It's the gradaute seminar taught by Philip Resnik - so it's available based on how many people bug him to teach it. Also (I'm not sure when you get back) you're welcome to sit in on it this semester - Thursday 2-5 in the CNL lab. :)

[geek booyah!]
Feb. 3rd, 2003 06:12 am (UTC)
I don't get back permanently till next semester, so I'll have to assemble a new group of people and poke when I want to do it (probably next year, since that's the available option). But I should be around on a Thursday in MD while I'm back around in the US visiting people, and I do believe I know what day I want to come in to see people now.

I mean, come on, that's way too good to pass up. ^^
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