Category Archives: summer

Camp and Calling

In the sixth chapter of the book of Isaiah, its titular character has a vision of God, sitting on a throne and surrounded by angels. God booms out in a mighty voice, “Whom shall I send? And who will go … Continue reading

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¿Cómo estuvo LA?

Everyone has, naturally, been asking me, “How was LA?” I recently returned from five weeks of fieldwork for my dissertation project. Some linguists go to visit villages in the Amazon rainforest or savannahs in Western Africa to collect data. I … Continue reading

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An Itinerant Linguist’s Guide to LA

I have been in Los Angeles for four weeks now, and I’ve discovered that I really, really dislike driving. I mean, I never liked doing it much in the Bay Area, but the full extent of the irritation I feel when … Continue reading

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Saudações! Greetings from Portugal! As I write this, I’m sitting in a cafe near the bus terminal in Porto, a port city famous for its sweet wine. By late afternoon, I’ll be back in Lisbon, the capital city, for one … Continue reading

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(Cheng, 2017)

Hooray, I’ve been published! … But not in an academic journal. I wrote a short personal essay for the Graduate Division website about my trip to Finland this past summer to attend the International Circle of Korean Linguistics conference. (You … Continue reading

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Haii Hawai’i

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Hawai’i, the fiftieth state1 of our nation and the only archipelago of tropical islands I can fly to without a passport. I almost panicked for a minute when I realized … Continue reading

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Summer School

This summer, I’m teaching an undergraduate course called “Language and Sex”, and on the very first day, I had to give my students the disclaimer that we would not be talking about sex sex. Nope, this is a class about sex … Continue reading

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