Doug Mangum recently posted about the angst of coming up with a dissertation idea. I’m kind of in the same boat. I have had a basic topic for about a year, but my enthusiasm for it has been inconsistent. My basic quandary is that I think I could write this dissertation, but I don’t know that it is really earth shattering stuff. In a perfect world I would like to write something that would give me a niche and propel my research for the next decade or so. I guess my problem is that my interests are pretty standard so most anything I like has been picked over for the last 75 years or so.
BTW, right now I’m reading more general linguistic stuff as background so that is why I haven’t really been posting any summaries. Hopefully I can get back to posting in the next couple of weeks.