Monday, January 23, 2012
A little tip for guys who send me messages online
If you want to make a good impression on me, I suggest that you don't:
1. Tell me what subfield of linguistics I should study. Having written a dissertation on second language phonology is kind of proof that I've already chosen that one. And I really don't like it when people tell me what they think I should do unsolicited. How about this question instead: "Why did you choose that field? What do you find interesting about it?"
2. Make up garbage, unoriginal theories about linguistics, based on your own strange ideas about languages and language learning. Know-it-alls are not attractive, especially because I have my own know-it-all tendencies. How about this instead: "I've always thought such-and-such, but I don't know much about linguistics. What have you studied on that topic?"
To the guy who did both of these things in as many messages to me: major turnoff.