Author Archives: Andrew C.

About Andrew C.

I'm a grad student at UC Berkeley.

Love is Divine (and Undefinable)

Here is a passage from Toni Morrison’s Paradise that I drastically misinterpreted when I read it the other evening: Let me tell you about love, that silly word you believe is about whether you like somebody or whether somebody likes you … Continue reading

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Right, so, technically, I’m not a professor. I’m a “visiting instructor”. But don’t tell my students! I’ve asked them to call me by my first name, but also said that they can call me professor if they’re more comfortable with … Continue reading

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Five-Minute Linguist 2019

Many of my friends and family are curious about my dissertation research, so over the years I’ve developed a kind of “elevator pitch” that explains it. But I can always tell when people with little to no background in linguistics … Continue reading

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A Queer Nativity

It’s Christmas Eve. My family spent the morning eating (dim sum), the afternoon moving furniture around and arguing about how much junk my parents accumulate, and the evening eating again (hot pot). Now everyone in this introvert club is in … Continue reading

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What do you do with a PhD in Linguistics?

I started my graduate program in the fall of 2014. Whew, time flies. It’s now been over four years, and naturally, a lot of people have been asking me what’s next. Am I applying for jobs? When will I graduate? … Continue reading

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Getting Political, Going Public

I have a distinct memory of talking to my parents about politics back in… I’m going to say 2004. This was four years before I would be eligible to vote myself. Bush was running for re-election against Kerry. I had … Continue reading

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Board Games or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Geekiness

Over the past two or three years, I have developed what started as a simple enjoyment of board games into a real hobby. My roommate and I have a collection of over forty games, including old school standards like Scrabble … Continue reading

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