The following are the types of questions I hope to explore in a meandering, drawn-out way, for as long as I keep blogging. Some come from personal experience (practical) while others come from academic study and reflection (theoretical):
- What is the best way to teach my children three languages from infancy?
- How can "best practice" in the field of language pedagogy be identified?
- What are helpful ways of categorizing linguistics with all of its subfields?
- What should be the relationship between linguistics and translation studies?
- Do humans have a language instinct?
- Does language affect every area of human life? In what ways?
- What are the true nature and role of mentalese?
- What are the most promising avenues of research for linguistic breakthrough?*
*I tend to think they lie in neuroscience and psycholinguistics. The amazing advances that have been made in the science of the human brain could offer breathtaking observations about language and the brain, language acquisition, and language pedagogy. This is not to say that historical and descriptive linguistics won't constantly have new and important research coming out. They will. But I would distinguish between necessary "documentary" research and breakthrough research that presents or even demands new ways of discussing a subject. It is this type of research that I think we can hope to see coming especially from certain fields of applied linguistics.