Four possible goals for the next 3-4 years

Having a regular job rather than being self-employed and also not having a degree to complete  has resulted in more time for research. That’s what I’ve realized in the past few weeks.

I’ve been taking stock of my goals for the next few years and what I want to accomplish. For the moment, that means getting some old research projects completed. That’s also the result of the fresh spate of writing you have seen over the past two weeks on imperative. Whether anyone is actually enjoying it or not, it’s been good for me to put out these bits as I try to get a couple articles cleaned up.

The quiet of the past months since my last burst of blogging last summer was a result of trying to finish my book chapter for The Greek Verb Revisited (parenthesis: I know that I still owe some posts about the conference. I haven’t forgotten and I promise I’ll get to them in April).

As I’ve been finishing these writing projects, it has given me time to reflect on what I want to do next with my spare time. A few options:

  • I could dive into writing articles and try to publish as much as I can on Greek linguistics: pronouns, more aspect, noun phrase stuff, Greek prosody, split constituency–basically anything that I’ve written about here in a piecemeal fashion over the past six years.
  • I could diving into data analysis. I have a good dozen Greek linguistic data projects that I really want to get a leg up on: predicate types, prepositions, negation research, my own treebank tagged for things that interest me specifically that goes beyond merely the New Testament.
  • Write the reference grammar.
  • Get a PhD in linguistics. It’d be a research program. I have the university and a supervisor picked out, a proposal that’s nearly ready that basically seeks to fill out the “future research” section of my MA thesis. I just need to initiate that conversation.

Trouble is: I basically have to choose just one of these. I have a tendency to get obsessive over whatever I choose to do and have trouble doing anything else. Considering that my job at Logos Bible Software need to take up a large portion of my time each week, I can’t see myself splitting what’s left between three efforts. So I need to make a choice. I want the fourth, but I’m not always convinced that I need it. It would basically be a validation. I know I can do the research and I would be doing research whether I got it or not. The data projects are tempting because of the ground work they would lay for the future, but they would see very little short term benefit. I could easily write the grammar fairly quickly (three years?), but without the data projects finished, it wouldn’t be the testable analysis that I dream it will be. Still, I also don’t want it to wait 30 years and publish it as a final life’s work either. We need a new reference grammar now, not when I hit retirement age. Focusing on publishing journal articles seems like it would be fun and relatively easy, but it also feels like a stop gap.

Things to think about…