More Research….. : )

Dear World,

Guess what? It’s Friday! Actually, I suppose now it’s really just early Saturday morning, but I’m still just going to so it’s Friday.
It’s too difficult to keep track of the days of the week…

“What day is it?” asked Winnie the Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
—A.A. Milne

On a completely unrelated note, it looks like my research topic changed just a wee bit… Of course, language will certainly still be involved, but I think my approach will be more focused on how we perceive online communication. In particular, how we may perceive online communication as more intimate than face-to-face communication, and why. I’ll probably mostly research this in relation to adolescents, but I may broaden the scope if I need to.

Well, then.
Thanks for listening.

Good night, World.


Dear World,

I’m going to write something about our digital identities in the form of a research paper. Since research in linguistics is what I want to do with my life, I’ll have to at least make it semi-linguistic. Specifically, I want to research semiotics. In case you’re unfamiliar, semiotics is a branch of linguistics which is concerned with meaning and symbolism. Semiotics is, according to the wonderful Wikipedia, “the study of meaning-making.” How do we create symbols and how do we attribute meaning to them? Such things fascinate me.

In our current, digital age, we communicate largely with symbols, be it the symbols we know from our regular languages, like English, or pictures, memes, or emojis (emoji, by the way, is a word of Japanese origin—isn’t globalization amazing?).

I think that I shall write, in said research paper, about how we, in this current day, attribute meaning to symbols like the ones that I have mentioned. Of course, I’ll have to get more specific than that, but I’m sure I can figure it out.

And with that, I’ll leave you with the quotation of the day:

         “I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad           fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” 

— Hermann Hesse


             Well, World, thanks for listening.  Until we meet again.