I’ll be at BLS this weekend. No ‘live’ blogging, because no free wireless, but I’ll try to post summaries. The program is its usual eclectic mix, but there seem to be a lot of talks on complex predicates on the program this year, which I’m looking forward to. AND, a rare event: I am not the only person giving a talk on a topic to do with historical linguistics and Australian languages.
And now, a competition. Every so often I am mistaken for a secretary or administrator in the department. It’s annoying, and today there was a very persistent undergrad looking for my (considerably more senior) colleague in the next office. The piles of grammars and papers on my floor seem to cry “administrator” while a glass-fronted office and sign saying “Department Administrator” is curiously mute. What should I put on my office door to discourage this? The obvious sign is ‘departmental administrator’, since it’s clearly directing students away from the real office*. Currently there’s an OLAC Gold Standard cartoon and some tree frogs. There will be an appropriate prize for the winning entry.
My office is not on the logical route from the entrance to the department to the main office.