Week 1 - May 28th - June 1st
As part of the DREU program I'm supposed to keep a weekly journal about my experiences here. Well, it's been off to a bit of a slow start but it's been really interesting! I've read a few papers to get background, and I've been practicing hand-annotating dialogue function units in a corpus from one of my mentor's previous projects, transcripts of people checking out books over the telephone. DFUs are, basically, the action that's being done by the utterance--is it a request for some action? To inform the other person? et cetera, et cetera. Or my favorite DFU that I've never gotten to use, the performative--something that changes the state of the world just by having been stated. Think a proclamation, a promise, or "I now pronounce you husband and wife." I don't think this is directly related to the work I'll be doing this summer, more just to get some background. I've also done a basic segmentation of a monologue, by the vaguely defined criterion of the intent of the speaker--something goes in one segment if it's intended to do the same things. This will more directly funnel into the things I'm going to be doing this summer. The other students I'm going to be working with have now arrived, so I think things will probably pick up next week.
In non-research-related news... I'm really liking New York! I wasn't sure I would, as I have never been that fond of cities, but once I settled in I've started to like it more and more. I'm sure it doesn't hurt that a ton of people from Oberlin live here, so I have plenty of friends around eager to show me around. Also, after a couple of extremely cold days, I'm happy to report that we have finally discovered where they hid the controls for the air conditioning in our apartment.
So that's that. Really excited about this summer!