* 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 days. > 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 :) tal. -- "Better living through conlanging"