27 September 2005

Backtrack

Today I didn't linger on campus, nor in the library, after my class ended at 5:30 in the afternoon. Why? Because I have an exam for tomorrow. And although I know about everything there is I need to know regarding the exam tomorrow, somehow, I still get that queasy feeling that something is being forgotten.

So I am here at home, after eating my dinner rather early, blogging!

I am supposed to review, not to blog.

Well, maybe it is the garlic. I had leftovers for dinner. I still had a serving of my whole-wheat pasta from Saturday, so I shoved it in the microwave oven to reheat it (I use the microwave just to reheat food).

Anyway, after surfing the internet for vegetarian recipes (I actually found two that I like, and I'll print them shortly so I can buy the stuff I need tomorrow when I go to buy groceries after class), I read the blogs I frequent, and currently I am updating mine. (Wow, this blog is becoming a blog about blogging, I need to go back to topic and stop digressing all the time.)

After this, I will finally review for my exam tomorrow, which is an exam for Linguistics 515 (Syntax 1). I need to review about morphological analyses, basic linguistic theory, constituency tests, and sentence structure.

On the long run, I am happy that we have exams for this class, instead of a paper. I already have three classes with a paper this semester, so I am welcoming Linguistics 515 with open arms because of the exam.

Some updates on my other papers:

Linguistics 539 (Historical Linguistics): I am doing a comparative reconstruction of Visayan languages (Visayan languages are a group of languages found in the central Philippines). They are 21 languages all in all. I only have 6 languages in my hand. I am not aspiring to get data from all 21 of them, because that would be hell. But I definitely would like to increase the number. So far, I have Cebuano, Aklanon, Capiznon, Kinaray-a, Waray-Waray, and Hiligaynon data. I have contacted people from home, and so far I am expecting data from Surigaonon, Tausug, South Sorsoganon, Cuyunon, and Inonhan. If you find the names of the languages mentioned "exotic" and unfamiliar, you might want to check this website, Ethnologue.com, which is a database of the world's languages. Browse the web version, and click on Asia, then the Philippines, and you can see how many languages the Philippines has.

Linguistics 621 (Seminar: Rhetorical Discourse Relations): I am trying to apply the theory of abductive inference in Tagalog instances of borrowed words. The peculiar thing about Tagalog and borrowing is that whenever a new word comes in, it can be any part of speech, it can be a noun, a verb, or an adjective. The usage depends on the context. So how does the speech become coherent? This is the question I would try to answer by using theories from natural language processing and artificial intelligence. If you're interested in this, try reading this paper by Jerry Hobbs et al. (PDF file)

Linguistics 538 (Semantics 1): Hmmm, I know I am supposed to write a paper on this, but I don't have a topic yet, so I'll pass on this one for now.

There you have it. My rainy week has started, and obviously, it is going to be very busy. So let me go and I will review for my exam.

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