The Speech Events cabal is made up of grad students – to be specific, PhD students in a program called Educational Linguistics.
As students of educational linguistics, we like to think about genres of writing and talk (and the various ways writing & talk combine). These nameable types of events have particular forms, audiences, and purposes. Many of them will never be encountered outside of grad school: for example, The Dissertation, The Dissertation Proposal, and The Dissertation Funding Proposal. Others may become parts of our academic lives later on, but are encountered first in grad school: The Conference Talk, The Academic Paper, The Cover Letter Accompanying the Academic Paper.
We’re planning to start a series of posts describing some of these genres. But we need your help! What are some types of communicative events that you might encounter in grad school? I’ll update the list below as we come up with more:
- the Dissertation
- the Dissertation Proposal
- the Dissertation Grant Proposal
- the Academic Paper
- the Cover Letter Accompanying the Academic Paper
- the Cover Letter accompanying a revise and resubmit
- the Conference Talk
- the Review for an Academic Journal
- the Job Talk
- the Proposal Hearing
- the Dissertation Defense
- Complaining (Misery Poker)
- the Research Elevator Speech (cocktail parties/1st-meeting-of-the-semester responses to the questions: What’s your dissertation about? What are your research interests?)
- Emails to advisors (especially when making requests)
- the Dissertation/Proposal offense (what your committee throws at you)
This post brought to you by procrastination related to a very grad school genre: The Field Statement. Thanks to Haley for great additions to the list.