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organizing accounts:

this alt = linguistics, conlangs, academic life.

selfies, comments on books+comic books, transgender issues, politics, miscellanea = @elilla .

trying to keep this account’s public timeline more on-topic as per instance rules \o/

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hallöchen! I’m a Brazilian trans woman living in Germany working on Japanese dialectal fieldwork (long story). Interests include fantasy fiction, imaginary languages, free software, comic books, intersectional veganism, cute cuddly things, and supporting anticapitalist revolutions to bring down the whole rotten edifice :HeartTrans:

More #translation thoughts...

Between the two languages I feel comfortable doing translation in, I find English to Spanish a lot more difficult. The problem is that it feels like Spanish has so much more variety that I never know how to pin down a particular translation.

English has variety too, of course, especially with being such a widely-spoken language worldwide. However, there are a few cultural differences.

thinking that my addiction to audiobooks could be considered a form of oral literature, but it is a derivative one—the words, the language being first frozen in letters before the performer reads, so that these words will stubbornly remain attached to the needs of paper rather than the strengths of storytelling, no matter how good the storyteller may be.

thinking what it would look like if we had a bonafide oral tradition, stories _made for_ voice and performed as oral literature podcasts

asking for lit magazine recommendations, :boost_ok: 

- what I want: a print lit/poetry journal either featuring queer writers exclusively, or featuring women exclusively (and they are explicit and vocal about trans women being women)

- what would be a 2nd best option: same but in epub or other reflowable format for ebook readers

- what I found: uuuh Room?

don't tell academic elitists but I think it's a moral responsibility for students to steal, pirate, photocopy, and distribute textbooks and learning material in any way they can

Brazilian trilingual indigenous political rap <3

(covid-19 themes, violence)


Favorite readings on cultural hegemony and Gramsci? 👀

academic employment − 

it’s interesting how books on writing or research advice, self-help etc. as well as career counselling appear to be so blind to the actual hard part of academic life – money, job market, immigration problems, exploitation of unpaid work, institutionalised disregard for personal life, performative sacrifice, widespread mental health crisis etc.

yes I can write 15 minutes a day and follow my passion. now what’s the motivational advice on deportation and encroaching fascism?

parenting, academic employment − 

my therapist: yes it’s v reasonable to feel that way, job insecurity and temporary contracts are what end up driving a lot of single mothers out of academia

me: :pika:

every time i get a reply to my posts from some random dude with 3 toots and 90 replies i always wonder who the fuck these people are

This was very interesting if not very happy research for the second language acquisition field.

The seven sins of L2 research: A review of 30 journals’ statistical quality and their CiteScore, SJR, SNIP, JCR Impact Factors - Ali H. Al-Hoorie, Joseph P. Vitta, 2019. :doi: but pay walled.

pt, brazil, trans history, socioling 

Diálogo de Bonecas (1992), primeiro manual sobre o argot bajubá escrito pelas próprias travestis.

not a fan of the forced specialisation in academia tbh

the most fun period I had as a scholar was the (2nd) undergrad, where in the course of a single semester I would be studying all of Greek tragedies, Romance linguistic history, Greimasian semiotics, typographic design and Old Tupi. those were the days.

there's been quite a bit of research on the cognitive/health benefits of multilingualism, but I think the framing tends to be backwards. multilingualism isn't a bonus, but the default (historically, anthropologically, biologically). our species developed multilingual, and still is everywhere not too damaged by colonial steamrollers. monolingualism is a v recent development, an emergent artifact of a capitalist+racist society.

so we should be talking about the cognitive damage of monolingualism.

academic employment − 

is it too late to go back to tech

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academic employment − 

just had a talk with a counsellor about academic opportunities in my field (or the lack thereof) and what does it take to continue my career after the phd.

excuse me while I lie down overwhelmed for a while.

what if we taught Braile and ASL as regular parts of primary education?

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