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The mid-semester rush


Ugh, it’s that time of the semester where everything starts rushing at you head on with the intensity of a thousand suns… We’re currently in reading week right now (Week 6), so no teaching, but that doesn’t mean no work. On Friday, I’m giving a talk at the University of Birmingham on the role of social media in sociolinguistic reporting, then I’m giving another talk at University of Lancaster on the discursive construction of masculinity two weeks later, and then I’ve got a chapter deadline for the end of March. Add in assessment deadlines looming for the three undergraduate modules I teach, a bunch of analysis for the Mock the Week project I’m working on with a colleague, four conference papers to write, my younger brother’s wedding in May, and a bunch of other stuff I have to do, things are getting a little bit too manic for my tastes…

So with that in mind, I’ll leave you with a really interesting blog-post here on Martin Laird who has had a good run of form during the World Golf Championships. If I can find time over the next few weeks, I’ll put some thoughts down his accent change, cause there’s an awful lot going on there. That’s a big ‘if’.

Anyway, back to it I suppose. So, where’s that grindstone?

– The Social Linguist

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