Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Status report

I have, unfortunately, once again been struck by so much work that blogging has fell by the wayside. Thankfully, this is a good thing in many ways, because I have a whole lot of really cool stuff going on!

For example, I'm busy planning my new class here at Tufts on The Visual Linguistics of Comics, the first time such a class has ever been offered. I've actually posted the syllabus online. If you're in the Boston area and interested in sitting in or taking it, I encourage you to email me.

I've also got a host of projects going. Inspired by the types of thing I discussed in my last post on Action Star Substitution, I'm now running an experiment looking at this phenomena. I'm hoping to have it done by the holiday break, so perhaps I can post some preliminary data if things look interesting.

I'm also pleased to say that a follow up to my comparison of Japanese and American books (mentioned briefly here) has finally begun, despite wanting to do it for years now. An enterprising helper in my lab volunteered to take on the project, so hopefully this will eventually lead to some very interesting results, especially given that I've expanded the scope of the project to a lot more than just comparisons between countries.

Oh, and I've also got a massive paper on visual language grammar being refined, along with another huge visual grammar experiment in the works. Busy busy busy...

3 comments:

FrF said...

I guess it's not completely useless if I point out that the Wertheimer entry in your syllabus has a typo. It's "Untersuchungen", not "Untersucheungen".

Neil said...

Given that I do not speak German, I would have never known the difference. I'll make sure it doesn't make it to the final draft. Thanks for pointing that out!

Anonymous said...

Neil:

Congratulations on the new class! I’ve downloaded the syllabus and I wish that I could teleport myself there from my far away location.

Any chance that you might be videotaping the lectures and posting them on your website, youtube etc.?

I imagine that this would not only be useful for the larger community but could bring attention to your work as well.

--PWC