* Daniel Andreasson ([log in to unmask]) [991105 23:44]:
> Tal skrev:
> > > > Yes! That's exactly my experience as well! Last term we were
> > > > about 50 people in my class at uni. (first term of linguistics).
> > > > None of them were really interested.
> > 50?! Jeez, that's many!
> At first we were 50. That was a 5 point intro course. Then about
> 15 people dropped off.

Oh, an intro-course. We have those too, the ex.fac. (examen facultatum)
for everyone studing some language or language-oriented discipline.
Plenty of ppl there, of course.

> > I don't know how it is in Sweden but in Norway, linguistics is seen as
> > nerdy and irrelevant. In Ling101 there was 10 students, myself included,
> > last year. In the obligatory class on Akan, only I did the exam!
> How come you had an obligatory Akan course? I remember thinking
> that was strange when you wrote about it last term.

It ain't the language that is obligatory but the class. You basically use
what you have learnt before on a real, live, non-indoeuropean language.
Lately, it's been alternating between Akan and Japanese.

> > Ppl who don't know what to do tend to pester CS, anthropology and
> > pedagogy hereabouts, that's how I see it anyway.
> I think most of my class (in the 1st term) didn't choose linguistics
> as their first choice.

You prioritize 'em? Just about everything is open here, so you get in no
matter what... Only lab-courses has an upper limit on applicants these

> 80% are girls. Straight out of 'gymnasium' (ching, ching! :)
> But it's the 'good' silent girls who had the highest grades
> in Swedish grammar etc. We call them 'the grammar girls'.
> All of them but one has disappeared.

Where do they go, then?

> Left is the funky bunch.

Funky how? Just in it for the creds?

> And the ones that actually like linguistics. The ones that are going to
> be PhD:s in Linguistics. :)

Or do linguistics because it is great fun and to get ideas for
conlanging (like me) :)

Thanks to Akan, my lang has serial verbs and V-N constructions :)

"Better living through conlanging"