2014 Personal Recap Kris Lyle
This year's been full of surprises. My family uprooted and moved from Texas to Washington for a position at Logos. We've moved three times since being in Bellingham, and have finally found a good home and a good church (good friends came easy, thankfully). As far as academics are concerned, I've become more attuned to the intricacies of discourse analysis, specifically gaining a better appreciation of Information Structure (thank you, Lambrecht, Josh, and others). I've grown more interested in appreciating what neuroscience brings to the table of linguistics. Several podcasts have become my walking / driving / workout friends, and I've benefited from them greatly, mainly in the areas of faith/theology, science, and linguistics. Aside from these things, I've come to enjoy writing even more; and currently have several articles and proposals underway, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what my fingers and keyboard can produce in 2015. It should be a fun year. Oh, and one of my new year's resolutions is to learn German, so some future posts may be related to this venture. In the midst of it all, I'm realizing more than ever the importance of not grounding my identity in what I produce or am able to offer to academia and the church at large. It's a hard battle when you really cherish what you study and hope to make real and substantial contributions. Nonetheless, it is a sad arena to find one's value in. May we more and more find our self-worth and identity in God's expressions and declarations of love.
2014 was a year of work, travel, and much more work! My wife and I realized that our time in Cambridge is quickly coming to a close, so we tried to do as much travel as possible … until I said “No more travel!” owing to PhD pressures. Over the year, we ended up exploring Ireland, Bruges, central Italy, Prague, and Finland. Aside from the travel, I have been incredibly busy working, to which my absence on OSS sadly attests. I started teaching Elementary NT Greek at Cambridge University’s Faculty of Divinity in January (which has been a blast), I was brought on as a consultant by BibleMesh Biblical Languages to help develop their final Greek course (which is focused on discourse grammar and is also a blast), I had two papers to present at SBL this past November, and more time-consuming than everything else, I have been making progress on the PhD. My research this year pushed me into papyrology, from which I have benefited immensely (despite my lack of love for the field) and has driven me deeper into functional linguistics, specifically as it relates to the use of discourse markers in language. Currently, I have two articles in the works, am planning to submit my dissertation this spring, and am applying for jobs! It is crazy to think that 2015 will be the year I finish the PhD (Lord willing), and I cannot wait to see what happens next. I hope that 2015 will be replete with learning more about linguistics (specifically: discourse analysis, verbal systems, and cognitive grammar), new projects (discourse markers in Hebrew, Greek verbal system, lexicographical considerations of Greek/Hebrew discourse makers), and a renewed presence on OSS!
Top 5 Posts of 2014
- Logos 6: Perks for Language Nerds (Kris Lyle)
- Spurious Fallacies Linguists Make: A Response to Dr. Wallace (Kris Lyle)
- Helpful tip #2 on how linguistics can better your exegesis (Kris Lyle)
- Paul the Paraphraser or Paul the Septuagint-Quoter (Chris Fresch)
- The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition (Chris Fresch)