ColorlessGreen Posted November 6, 2009 Share Posted November 6, 2009 I'm having some trouble deciding what to use for my writing sample, and I thought maybe someone on this forum could help. Right now I'm wavering between two choices - a paper I wrote last year about the status of derivational and inflectional morphemes in Sgaw Karen, and a paper that I have not yet finished writing about historical [y] and merging into a diphthong [iu] in Midwestern American English. The pros for paper 1: a)it's actually done, b)I got an A on it, c)it's written in the generative linguistics tradition (I use this term in the broadest possible sense), and I am applying to primarily theoretical schools. Cons: a)it's very shallow - most of it is discussing the difference between freestanding phonological words, clitics, and affixes in a way that really does not contribute anything new to the literature, b)it's short - only 5 pages, c)I made the mistake of choosing an obscure language without having a native speaker available, and consequently a lot of my data is drawn from writings from the 1800s and a few more recent linguistic analyses. Also, my conclusion is pathetically obvious, and I somehow doubt that the status of these morphemes was ever in question. Also, it's not as focused as it should be. The pros for paper 2: a)it promises to be more in-depth, and very slightly longer, than paper 1, b)I have plenty of data, c)I have some lovely screencaps from Praat to use. Cons: a)it's a historical linguistics paper, which is generally Not Done anymore, and which I don't want to study in grad school, b)I haven't finished it, and may not be able to finish it by my first deadline, c)my beautiful Praat screencaps are not actually very important to the topic. Any opinions? Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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